Why Antonio Conte Should Put His Problems With Diego Costa Behind And Use Him In The Team
The Diego Costa versus Antonio Conte spat has been one of modern football’s most documented and talked about quarrels, and it simply does not seem to end. The Italian manager has vowed not to play the Spaniard ever again, while the former Atletico Madrid striker is equally eager to never put on a Chelsea shirt again and has made it clear that he would like to return to his old club.
Having snapped at each other numerous times in public, these two seem to have a relationship that is beyond repair. However, nothing in this world is beyond saving and maybe the former Juventus boss could actually benefit from trying to repair his relationship with Costa and thus, introduce him back into the fold at the club. Why? Read on to find out.
Costa Is A Beast
Diego Costa is one of those players who likes to live on the edge. His attitude, play-acting and general demeanour on the pitch have certainly not won him any fans outside the Stamford Bridge, but he still is Chelsea’s highest scorer in each of the last three seasons.
At his best, he is ruthless in front of goal, has an excellent work ethic and can also act as an excellent ball-holder in the opposite half of the pitch, thus bringing the likes of Hazard and Willian into play repeatedly. Chelsea has won the league twice since his arrival in 2014, and it is obvious that they have thrived off his services. It would be foolish to dispose him without a second thought.
Low Squad Depth
It is no secret that Chelsea’s squad is extremely thin for the season, especially in the striking position. They may have bought Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, but other than the unreliable Michy Batshuayi, they do not have any specialist backup. Morata has settled well, but it will take time for him to get used to the rigours of English football. Moreover, the London-based club will be playing in 4 competitions this season, so they will need someone of Costa’s calibre to deliver when the going gets tough.
Costa Can’t Leave Before January
With the summer window now closed, Diego Costa cannot leave before the January window. Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban meant that they could not sign him in the summer, which basically means that Chelsea will have to keep paying his wages despite him not even participating in training. It is pointless to keep such a lethal forward in such a state of limbo, so it would be best if Conte puts aside his differences with the out-of-favour striker and try to get the most out of him for as long as he stays.