On 31 January, 2014 when Jose Mourinho stated, “In summer you will understand why did we not buy a striker in this transfer window”and this very statement had rung alarm bells around the footballing world.
The football pundits already knew, whenever Jose said something like this it clearly means business, but the real question remained unanswered, who would fit in Jose’s squad. The likes of Robert Lewandowski, Edinson Cavani, and Radamel Falcao was seen to be the favourites who would probably make it to Chelsea. Few experts also suggested Zlatan’s reunion with his former boss at Inter with big money move from Paris to London. This remained as a hot gossip in the football world and slowly faded with time.
This speculation were re-ignited, courtesy to another statement made on April 30, 2014 after Chelsea was knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by travelling Athletico Madrid in London. The statement read as, “Chelsea fans were singing Diego welcome to Chelsea so I waved a hand to them.” Said by Diego Costa, yes the same Diego Costa who had risen through ranks at Athletico Madrid.
Once overshadowed by the likes of Aguero and Falcao at Athletico, Costa had turned into a ruthless beast following big money transfers of his team mates to larger clubs across Europe. Costa flourished with time and scored a whopping 35 goals for Athletico Madrid last season.
Chelsea fans expressed severe desperation for signing a new striker as they were not happy since Fernando Torres did not live upto their expectations at all. Duly, Chelsea signed a world class playmaker in Cesc Fabregas following 25 million pounds move from his boyhood club, FC Barcelona. And finally the striker draught came to an end on July 1, 2014 when Chelsea and Athletico Madrid reached an agreement to transfer Diego Costa for 32 million pounds.
He wasn’t a fan favourite initially, especially after converting the penalty against us in the Champions League. But as the time passed all crimes were forgiven. The impact he has laid on the club is no secret, and all his heroics are now a part of history. He scored an arithmetic progression of goals i.e. 1 in his first, a brace in his second followed by a hat-trick in his third outing in the blue jersey against Swansea.
This earned him instant popularity amongst the fans and why wouldn’t he get that, he provided the fans with some amazing striker goals which certainly Chelsea were deprived of for seasons. The talisman, physical and hard working striker has scored nine goals in just seven appearances for Chelsea even when he is not said to be fit. He has tumbled many club and league records since he has joined the London based club. His partnership with fellow Spaniard Cesc Fabregas has proven to be the”X” factor which Chelsea lacked last season.
The deadly duo has already unlocked every defence put forth to them. With the international break on, it is believed that he will get the much needed break and medical attention. And once he is back after the break, physically fit he can dismantle every defence week after week even more clinically. His goal scoring capabilities has created a surge of hope amongst Chelsea fans and I just hope he continues his merry run for seasons to come.
Edited By: Harshal Ahire