During the summer there was plenty of time for nagging doubts as Diego Costa would be a success to come to the surface, but all have proved wide of the mark, as his nine goals in as many games for Chelsea will attest to.
Chief among the harbingers of doom that had caused such scepticism was the club’s perceived curse when it came to signing strikers, with the likes of Adrian Mutu, Mateja Kezman, Andriy Shevchenko and particularly Fernando Torres having proved distinctly underwhelming additions in the past.
Costa was signed to replace the goals the latter should have brought in spades and has set about hunting down the dubious tallies his fellow Spanish international posted for Chelsea in the three-and-a-half seasons before his mercy loan to AC Milan.
But which ones will he gun down this term and which will likely have to wait for next year even if he keeps up his supernatural start to life in the Premier League? Read on for the 4-1-1…
Torres League record for Chelsea: Games 110, Goals 20
Given all bar one Premier League golden boot winner since the turn of the millennium notched 20 goals or more, those who have invested in the Brazil-born behemoth at prices all the way down to the current 4/5 clearly expect Costa to at least equal this Torres total tally.
With nine in the bag and 31 games to go, the marginally more juicy 17/20 about him hitting over 22.5 goals looks well within the 26-year-old’s grasp.
Torres FA Cup record for Chelsea: Games 13, Goals three
Despite the west London side reaching at least the semi-finals in two of the three whole seasons the former £50m man spent at Stamford Bridge, his total in the competition remained an unsatisfactory one.
Having scored seven goals in eight outings on the way to Atletico Madrid’s Copa del Rey win of 2012/13, Costa should have every chance to surpass his predecessor’s mark his season.
Torres League League Cup record for Chelsea: Games Six, Goals three
Fourth-tier sticklebacks Shrewsbury Town await the Blues in the next round of the Capital One Cup and against such inferior foes one can’t help but imagine that the Costa-coaster could be on the heels of ‘El Nino’s’ Stamford Bridge total in the space of a single substitute appearance.
With Chelsea 11/2 second-favourites to win the thing, he’s expected to be granted far more time than that.
Torres League European competitions record for Chelsea: Games 40, Goals 17
For all the domestic travails of Roman Abramovich’s great white elephant, it can never be said that he failed his employers when removed from the frantic pace of the English game.
He notched the decisive semi-final strike against Barcelona when Chelsea won the Champions League in 2011/12, while his six strikes in nine Europa League games a year later did much for that trophy’s place in the Chelsea cabinet.
Two games into a European campaign that seems destined for the latter stages, Costa has yet to bag and breaking the 17-goal record Cristiano Ronaldo set in winning last year’s competition in order to surpass Torres’ continental haul for the Blues must be beyond him this season.