Like or loath him, hate or blame him, however you feel about Diego Costa, those feelings are about to change.
Just last month Diego Costa was one of three Chelsea players booed by the home supporters at Stamford Bridge, during Guus Hiddink first game in charge.
Chelsea fans blamed the Spaniard, along with his fellow countryman, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard for their lacklustre performances, resulting in Roman Abramovich’s decision to sack ‘the special one’. The sacking of Jose Mourinho was raw, there was a lot of pain around Stamford Bridge, but Diego Costa is now putting that right.
The striker had a poor first half of the season, failing to recapture any of the form that drove Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, he had just scored one in his last 12 under Mourinho.
It was clear to see that the pair’s relationship wasn’t crystal clear, but he can’t be held solely responsible for Mourinho’s exit.
Since Guus Hiddink has taken over, Diego Costa, along with Cesc Fabregas have been like two new signings, completely different players. Make of that what you will, but you cannot fault their fight and determination to get Chelsea Football Club out of his current predicament.
The club has needed an injection of passion, something not many players have delivered. Diego Costa has stood up and done the dirty work when he’s needed to. The Everton draw showcased that better than ever before.
Costa had a very good game against West Brom, bar the scraps and incident with the tunnel, his positioning was solid, his runs were excellent and he put a shift in when he needed to.
That form continued against Everton and his spearheaded the Chelsea come back. He was making the runs he needed to, he was chasing down lost causes, he was piling to the pressure on the Everton defenders, in the end, he got a well-deserved goal from it too.
His passion stood out, that’s not to say the other players don’t care, but Costa will go the extra mile.
Admittedly, we’ve have three games in quick succession, with little to no rotation, so the players are tiring, but the desire can shine through.
Once the Blues had one goal on Saturday, it was clear to see we were going to get a second one. Fabregas’ goal sparked great celebrations from the Chelsea fans, who haven’t had much to cheer about this season.
Fabregas is another player that has been put to blame for Mourinho’s sacking, but his goal yesterday showed how much the club means to him and how he wants to pull the club out of this rot.
It wasn’t too long ago that Twitter erupted to criticise Liverpool for over celebrating a home draw against West Brom, and yes this is similar. Bar any silly waves to the Stamford Bridge faithful.
What it is, is one of the better moments in football. Chelsea can use this game as a stepping stone for the remainder of the season as they attempt to re-write the wrongs of their title defence.
Providing that the striker’s injury isn’t too serious, he will be right up for the Arsenal game too. He is crucial if Chelsea are to look to continue the form they showed at times against Everton.
Costa’s passion is infectious, and if we see more of what we saw in the final 25 minutes against Everton at the Emirates, there is no reason why we can’t come away with three points.
Some Blues fans are still wanting to see more from Costa to be convinced, but it’s clear to see he is fighting for the cause and willing to get this club back to where it should be.