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Diego Costa! The good the bad and the horrible!

Tuesday 13th September 2016
Diego Costa! Here we go again with the big Spaniard -love him or hate him; one thing is certain, he always gives us plenty to talk about. On the backdrop of his performances so far this season, let's take a look at the striker's antecedents as a Chelsea and Spanish front-man.

The 27-year Spanish striker is one player who leaves a trail of controversies in his wake. A look at the headline of this article and you are left to imagine if there is any good about Diego Costa. There most certainly is, and this is what will be highlighted in this piece.

On the bad and the horrible of Diego Costa, you don't need to think too far to have your memory flooded with Costa's numerous melodramas. So let's discuss some of them, shall we?

The Good

Diego Costa is a striker who is addicted to playing and winning. He's one player who can, and always gives his all to ensure his team comes off with a match-day victory every time he plays. We cannot ignore the fact that Diego Costa is also one heck of a lethal striker who on his day is sure to bury majority of the chances he gets. Diego Costa is one of the 5 strikers to score 35 premier league goals in the fewest number of games -Costa did it 58.

Costa had to pull through a lot of difficult challenges as a young footballer, many of which we would not discuss in this piece. Costa is a player who rose from being a brute footballer, who was never expected to turn pro, into being one of the most feared strikers in the game. Costa is a striker with the ability to hold up play and bring others into the game.

You don't need to be an expert to see that this guy works very hard. Speaking on Diego Costa recently, teammate César Azpilicueta is quoted as saying:

Diego Costa's work is reflected in games. He is scoring a lot of goals for us and works very hard for the team.”

The Bad

Every time he plays you always feel like this guy could end up getting sent off. We could go on and on about the bad things Diego Costa has done since he burst into the limelight in 2012 playing for Atletico Madrid. He switched to England in 2014 and took over the position vacated by Luis Suarez as public enemy number one.

Already with four goals in the current premier league campaign, Costa has narrowly missed getting sent off on three occasions after picking up three bookings in the four Premier League games that he has played for Chelsea - most recently the game against Swansea, where he notched a brace. How lucky will he be in forthcoming games? We simply have to wait to find out.

The Horrible

A little more than the yellow cards and the altercations, Diego Costa has done a few horrible things in his time as a footballer. Nicknamed the 'Burrega' while growing up playing in the streets of Brazil -a nickname which means ‘the stubborn child of goat', Costa grew up to prove he deserved such a name.

In a Madrid derby, while at Athletico, Costa spat in his gloves and then hauled it at Sergio Ramos, that was in 2013. Fast forward to 2016 and Diego Costa is still an unrepentant offender. Nearly coming to blows with Gareth Barry in Chelsea's 2-0 defeat to Everton at the Goodison (got himself sent off), the list of Costa's offences is endless.

You begin to wonder how many more horrible offences this man still has up his sleeves. A proficient goal-scorer but then again, he is one who does a good job in a ‘dirty' way.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.

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