The 2016/17 campaign has certainly proven one to remember down at Stamford Bridge thus far, especially in the eyes of Chelsea’s current top goal-scorer – 28-year-old Diego Costa. Antonio Conte’s boys remain top of the pile going into the second half of the season, with the former Atletico Madrid frontman bagging most of the goals among the in-form Blues ranks.
Yet as Diego Costa’s head has reportedly been turned by the constant supply of riches currently on offer within the Chinese Super League, perhaps the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign could nonetheless play out in tumultuous fashion for the determined Blues faithful. Without such an asset among their ranks this term, it remains to be seen just how potent Chelsea would have ultimately proven within the all-important goal-scoring department.
Is Diego Costa’s future at Stamford Bridge already disintegrating into nothing but thin air and wasted potential then, or will the Brazilian-born centre-forward simply be forgiven by the Chelsea supporters at the first time of asking this weekend?
Robbie Keane: "If they gave me the money Diego Costa was offered, I’d walk there now!" pic.twitter.com/2mBZMPmorW
— Players Sayings (@PlayersSayings) 19 January 2017
Well, as Chelsea’s most serious hopes of claiming the league title arguably revolve around the current form of their highly sought top goal-scorer, perhaps it would be somewhat unfair to expect the Blues faithful to give Diego Costa a hard time this weekend. His behaviour has indeed shone signs of clear disloyalty within his overall make-up of course, but if Diego Costa continues to bang the goals in down at Stamford Bridge this term, surely it will only be a matter of time before he is largely forgiven for his actions.
When playing to the very best of his abilities, Diego Costa arguably represents one of the finest centre-forwards currently operating in the whole of world football. His movement, technique and overall intelligence inside the final third are often second to none – and whilst the former Atletico favourite admittedly endured a season to forget last term under Jose Mourinho – the striker’s current form certainly can’t be discredited.
But do Chelsea fans really want to be cheering on someone who has actively sought to earn more money and ply his trade elsewhere? The honest answer would most likely be, no. Although Diego Costa’s recent form has certainly brought a great deal of joy to Stamford Bridge over the past few outings, surely such a character won’t last long under his current employers – not with several financially backed foreign outfits already looking to claim his signature.
If Diego Costa ultimately opts to join the Chinese Super League instead of sticking it out down at Stamford Bridge – then the Blues fans must arguably shout ‘good riddance’ in the face of such a controversial notion. No one player is bigger and more important than the team of course, no matter how effective he may admittedly have proven in recent weeks. There are always more strikers to choose from out there after all…
…and besides, Chelsea aren’t exactly strapped for cash themselves now are they?