Diego Costa’s b*stardry might just have hit its peak. Chelsea’s star striker was dropped from the squad for their match against Leicester on Saturday evening after reports emerged on Friday that Costa was unsettled by an offer from China.
Apparently Costa has not trained all week and a bust-up ensued after his fitness levels were questioned, with manager Antonio Conte reported to have told Costa to ‘Go to China then.’ The Spanish international had reportedly been linked with a move to a Chinese club worth £30m a year which would make him the highest paid b*stard in the world.
Former Chelsea player John Obi Mikel has already moved to China to play for Tianjin TEDA F.C, while the Blues let Oscar go to Shanghai SIPG for a jaw-dropping £52m, with the Brazilian midfielder pocketing £400k a week. Not too shabby.
BREAKING: Diego Costa set to LEAVE Chelsea to join Donald Trump's cabinet as Secretary of Bastardry.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 14, 2017
But what does Costa’s unrest mean for punters looking for an angle into the Premier League top scorer market. The Chelsea front-man currently sits on 14 goals in 19 games, with a mightily impressive conversion rate of 24 per cent and an average of a league goal every 120 minutes. Costa has been a key part of Chelsea’s title charge – bagging the winner in five of their 16 wins this season.
Now although there is a massive bag of money dangling in front of his nose Costa may not head to China HOWEVER, he clearly isn’t too happy despite his, and the team’s, run of form. And we’ve already seen the output of the striker when he’s not in the mood. During last year’s bust-up with Jose Mourinho Costa sulked his way through 14 league games before Christmas finding the onion bag just three times.
If Costa’s bust-up with manager Conte is as serious as reports suggest, where would the wise place to stick our cash be for the next few months?
The self-proclaimed ‘King of England’ is a two-time Serie A top scorer and three-time Ligue 1 top scorer, and even at the age of 35 he’s showing no signs of stopping. Zlats has 13 goals in 19 games this season, including nine in his last nine league games. The Swedish striker has a goal every 132 minutes this season and is hitting top form under jose Mourinho as manchester United’s unbeaten streak edges them close to the league’s top four.
Fresh off the back of a hat-trick against a hopeless West Brom side, Harry Kane has launched himself back into the picture for top scorer. Despite an ankle injury disrupting his campaign and ruling him out for six weeks near the end of September, Kane has bounced back and has now bagged six goals in his last four games. He is scoring at a faster rate than Costa, with a goal every 105 minutes this season.
Alexis Sanchez is currently tied at the top of the goalscoring charts with Costa, and the Arsenal star is on track for the most prolific season of his career in front of goal. But is he slowing down? There are more than a few suggestions that Sanchez is in danger of burning out after playing approximately 10 million games in the last two seasons, and although he scored away to Swansea on Saturday he has just three goals in the last seven games.