Atletico Madrid have moved swiftly in the transfer market to address the current observed hitches in the squad. The early capture of Argentine midfielders, Augusto Fernández and Matias Kranevitter from Celta De Vigo and River Plate respectively is a clear statement of intent from the club. Atletico are joint table toppers with Barcelona in the Spanish La Liga, although they have an inferior goal difference. Their position however betrays the performance behind the results as they have struggled in some cases to grind out wins (and draws).
Coach, Diego Simeone has reacted quickly to his team’s frailties especially in attack. Jackson Martinez and Fernando Torres have continued to misfire in front of goal this season with Luciano Vietto struggling for consistency. According to the Daily Mirror, the Argentine coach made audacious inquiries about the availability of Chelsea striker, Diego Costa. He was unsurprisingly rebuffed. But we take a closer look at why Chelsea should have cashed in and gotten rid of Costa.
Costa was undoubtedly one of the forces that won Chelsea the Premier league title last season with his 20 goals haul despite injury setbacks. However, he has struggled to replicate that same form this season scoring just 6 goals and providing 2 assists in 16 league appearances.
His discipline, or the lack of it, is another factor in play here. The forward has been problematic and often frustratingly involve in brush offs with defenders when he fails to find his rhythm in a game. This has not only cost his teammates in terms of results, but also psychologically dampening their morale on the pitch. As was rightly pointed out by whoscored.com, Costa is the kind of player capable of starting a fight with his own reflection. Truth is, Costa’s attitude has cost Chelsea before, and it will continue to hurt them in vital games where they need to keep their cool.
Selling Diego Costa and buying Antoine Griezmann would have made economic and soccer sense given that one is on the decline while the other is on the rise. Also, Alex Teixeira is reportedly on his way to Chelsea. With a goal machine that provides 22 goals in 15 league appearances Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, who needs a Diego Costa. Costa could have been sold while his value is still high and the revenue used to offset Teixeira’s transfer fees considering that the Brazilian can play as a top nine or a supporting striker.
Atletico Madrid may have to look elsewhere for a striker in the market, but it is Chelsea who are the losers in this truncated transaction.