Diego Costa: Player Profile

Costa Looking To Return To Form Against The Reds

Personal information 
Full name: Diego da Silva Costa
Date of birth: 7 October 1988
Age: 26
Place of birth: Lagarto, Brazil
Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position: Striker

Club information 
Current team: Chelsea 

Youth career
 Barcelona Esportivo Capela

Senior career 
2006: Braga 0 Appearances, 0 goals
2006 → 
Penafiel (loan) 14 Appearances, 5 goals 
 Atletico Madrid 0 (0) 
2007 →
 Braga (loan) 10 Appearances, 1 goal 
2007–2008 → 
Celta (loan) 31 Appearances, 5 goals
2008–2009 →
 Albacete (loan) 36 Appearances, 9 goals
Valladolid 36 Appearances, 9 goals 
Atletico Madrid 135 Appearances, 64 goals
2012 →
 Rayo Vallecano (loan) 16 Appearances, 10 goals 
Chelsea 9 Appearances, 9 goals

National team
2013: Brazil 2 Appearances, 0 goals 
 Spain 7 Appearances, 1 goal

Diego Costa has taken the Premier League by storm. He already has nine goals in eight appearances for the Blues. The 25-year-old can score with either foot, or with his head – thanks to his excellent technical ability and his powerful aerial presence. Costa is happy to work for his team. The Spain striker returned to action last weekend after missing four games with a hamstring injury, but failed to add to his tally this season. Costa was missing from Chelsea's previous four competitive matches after returning injured from Spain duty following the last international break, reigniting the club-versus-country debate. The 26-year-old striker was back in the starting XI for the victory over Harry Redknapp's men at Stamford Bridge, but, after a decent first-half showing, he appeared to tire and was substituted in the 78th minute. Manager Mourinho stated his belief that Costa can quickly reach the form that has seen him score nine Premier League goals in just eight appearances this term.

Since moving to the Premier League, the Spaniard has made the transformation from Spanish football look easy. After four games, he had seven goals, becoming the first player in history to hit such a tally so early into his career in England's top flight. His goalscoring form has put Chelsea in the driving seat early on in the title race, and they now look a formidable force with the ability to outscore and outmuscle any opponent. 

When foreign players join Premier League clubs, it often takes them anywhere from a few games to an entire season to acclimate to the English game. In less than a month, Costa became the single most unstoppable force in the Premier League. Costa burst on the scene as a world-class player last season for Atletico Madrid, scoring 27 league goals and leading Atletico to the league title, but many wrote him off as a one-season wonder. After controversially swapping his nationality to play for Spain at the World Cup, Costa had a miserable time in Brazil and was on a plane home after just three games — but those struggles are a distant memory for Costa. He’s found a perfect home at Chelsea. The former Atletico Madrid man is truly rampant—music to the ears of every Chelsea supporter.

Costa completed his transfer from Atletico Madrid on 15 July 2014 by signing a five-year contract. He marked his first appearance in the blue of Chelsea with a goal, Olimpija Ljubljana the opponents in a pre-season friendly. His excellent run since has included a hat-trick, against Swansea, and a brace at Everton. He was rewarded for his exceptional start with the Barclays Player of the Month award for August.

Since becoming a first-choice selection at Atletico, Costa has been one of the most consistent strikers in European football, with his goals and performances over the course of 2013/14 propelling his former club to a first La Liga title in 18 years and a place in the Champions League final. Powerful and direct, he built a strong reputation in Spain as a fine finisher, particularly in one-on-one situations. He is capable of scoring goals with both his left and right foot while his physical nature also makes him a real threat in the air, with his ability to run in behind opposition defenders making him difficult to pick up.

Born in Brazil, Diego’s professional career began at Portuguese club Braga in February 2006. A loan spell at Penafiel in the second division followed before he was sold to Atletico during the 2006/07 campaign. The rest is history but the 2012/13 season was the one in which he genuinely established himself as a crucial part of Diego Simeone’s Atletico side. Regular starts ensured he was able to produce consistent performances and he ended the season with an impressive 20 goals. Costa was a key figure in Atletico’s successful Spanish Cup campaign, scoring three goals over the course of a two-legged semi-final against Sevilla and also firing the equaliser as they came from behind to beat Real Madrid 2-1 in the final. He finished as the competition’s top scorer with eight goals. In 2013/14 he again took his game to another level, with his goals inspiring Atletico to overcome Real Madrid and Barcelona to win the Spanish title. Atletico secured the Spanish title courtesy of a final-day draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou, although on a personal note it was a disappointing afternoon for the forward as he limped out of the game early on with the hamstring injury that would limit his participation in the all-Madrid Champions League final to just the opening few minutes. He ended his time at Atletico having scored 64 goals in 134 appearances. Upon joining Chelsea, he was given the number 19 shirt vacated by the departure of Demba Ba.

Not only is he scoring goals galore, but he runs the channels, and can hold up the ball effortlessly and the Spanish international contributes defensively, too. Gone are Chelsea's problems in attack; Diego Costa has arrived on the scene and has made the Blues firm favourites to win the 2014/15 Premier League title.