According to Scottish Sun, Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa is ready to return to Premier League this summer and Everton is the likely destination. It is believed that the Spanish striker of Brazilian decent is keen to leave Wanda Metropolitano after Atleti signed Joao Felix. And he is reportedly open to a move to Merseyside, with manager Marco Silva also eager to secure his services.
Costa’s struggles at Atletico Madrid
Costa hasn’t exactly enjoyed a bright spell after returning to Atletico Madrid from Chelsea for a fee of €66 million at the start of last year. He scored only three goals in 15 league matches during the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign.
The Spaniard’s struggles with lack of productivity continued last season when he scored only two goals in 16 matches. His progress was marred by a hamstring and later, a foot injury that kept him out for more than two months. But, the 30-year-old suffered the biggest blow when he was banned for eight matches for insulting the referee against Barcelona.
As a result, Atleti are prepared for life without Costa next season, having already signed Felix while Alvaro Morata’s loan deal has been made permanent. Hence, a move away from the club could be on the horizon.
What can Costa bring to the table?
Costa needs no introduction at all. He is infamous for his off-field antics. But, on the pitch, he can provide the physical presence in the final third as well as aggression. Furthermore, the 30-year-old is a lethal goalscorer and has proven himself in the Premier League in the past, having scored 52 goals in 89 matches.
The Atleti star also boasts a tall frame of 1.86m that gives him a considerable advantage in aerial duels. But, what makes him a scourge for the opposing defences is his ability to bully the defender and find his way inside the penalty box.
Should Everton make a move for Costa?
Costa could solve Everton’s woes in the number nine slot next season. The ex-Chelsea striker has the experience, which, coupled with his aggression and physique, could make the Toffees much more vigilant and dynamic in the final third.
However, Silva needs to be aware of the forward’s temper, which could potentially create a problem in the dressing room. But, in hindsight, Costa is a viable target for Everton if he can play to his potential while staying away from his off-field antics.
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