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Cause for concern; Is this Deja vu?

Cause for concern; Is this Deja vu?

Silly season is here and there will be rumors of all shades and types up till the end of August relating to Chelsea. We all known that we are in the market for a striker or two this window and if some of the tabloids are to be believed we have been hot on the heels of the Atletico striker Diego Costa. Some say we have already agreed a deal with the administrators of Atleti and from some speculations the only thing holding this deal from being a fait accompli is reportedly second thoughts from Costa himself.

As some will remember i am one of those who is a big fan of this guy and there is no point rehearsing what commends him to us. The major pros and cons regarding Costa have been discussed ad nauseaum however in the last month a new wrinkle has emerged that we would be wise to take note of. For those who have not been paying attention in the last month Costa has suffered three distinct hamstring injuries. These are not tiny, minor niggling injuries..these are muscle injuries involving the group of back muscles of the leg that are critical to the livelihood of a striker. This is a major deal. Each time this guy has got injured he has been rushed back too fast essentially because Atleti have so little depth and have been so dependent on him for goal scoring. In order to try and get him available for the final showdown against Barca at camp nou they rushed the guy back too fast and he got injured again withing 20 minutes. If they had any sense they should have learnt from that..the player himself is so competitive he does not know better. Any sports medicine specialist worth his salt should have shut him down after that but he tried 'horse placenta' and other desperate measures to actually try and play in the champions league final. Rather than Atleti doing what was best for the player they allowed that misadventure again and the result was worse. He didnt even last 15 minutes this time and he has now reportedly injured a new set of hamstring muscles in the same leg.

You want an idea of how serious this stuff can be? this is what essentially derailed Leo Messi's season this year and why Martino eventually decided to shut the guy down entirely for over 1mth despite all the prostestations from Messi himself. Anyone who has seen Messi play since his return however knows that the guy is simply not the same. As bad as this story is thus far though it gets worse for Costa because despite these 3 distinct hamstring injuries within the last month or so he is now reportedly been put under the gun again this time by Vincente Del Bosque to prove his fitness to be included in the La Roja final squad for Rio at the World Cup. Costa is a fierce competitor and left to him he would rather die than miss out on the world cup for la Roja.

Atleti have shown that they are not clear headed enough to do the best thing for the player when their interests conflict and it is obvious that La Roja having no inform center forward other than Costa with fernando LLorente being the closest thing besides Costa so Del Bosque will really like to have him in Rio. He is under pressure from Del Bosque and from himself to get fit for Rio when the best thing for him from a health perspective is to rest himself entirely for at least a month. If as i expect Costa manages to 'pass' the fitness test and features for La Roja at the world cup this script will have a deja vu type feel to it. Those who dont know of what i speak should go review what happened with El Nino in 2010.

It is true that Costa is not as dependent on speed for his ability as a striker as El Nino was but let us not fool ourselves here..if Costa goes to the world cup and plays for La Roja..with the frequency and intensity of games, the humidity and heat in Brazil this is a perfect recipe for disaster. Beyond the fact that should Costa suit up for La Roja in Brazil he wil be the most hated player in the entire world cup for rejecting his home country to play for a real rival of the Selecao, he will almost certainly aggravate his hamstring problems and may actually add on some significant extra damage.

For me the more i contemplate this the more that the less flamboyant yet functional choices out there like Wilfred Bony, Mario Mandzukic are starting to appeal far more. I would also add to this other potentially available options like Alexis Sanchez and even maybe Chicarito as other options to add to Lukaku and El Nino who it seems inevitably will see out his entire contract with us as it appears we cant fool anyone to pay any half decent amount to get him moved.

The VC community's views on this are welcome..for me though, the Costa project has become far more fraught with danger and considering the stakes and expense we are contempating spending on him i no longer feel it is a wise investment. We simply cannot afford another debacle that even approaches the mess we made with the El Nino signing. The floor is yours..have your say.

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Date:Monday May 26 2014
Time: 11:37PM


I actually agree with most of what you say but I don't think Costas injuries are as bad as Torres'. Costas current injury has been judged to be a "micro-tear in the hamstring" so it's nothing big. And as for the reason why the injury keeps on recurring you've already stated. Athletico kept playing him when he never fully recovered so he was always going to get injured again. Torres had some pretty big injuries after the WC and they destroyed his pace, which ended up being the reason for his poor form and ultimately crushing his confidence, leaving us with the ***** leftovers. Costa doesn't need that extra yard of pace that Torres so desperately needed. I'd still want us to get Costa he's an absolute beast and a nightmare to defend against.
27/05/2014 01:48:00
its not worth getting the guy with chelsea looking for future building ... hes been too much injury prone n hyped by media chelsea r better getting mario , benzema , n few other options r tr ... hopefully cfc n jose wont rush in n get trolled of it ... mario is far better with such options
27/05/2014 05:22:00
Messi not the same with over 40 goals.
27/05/2014 06:49:00
Welbeck, Hernandez and Lukaku. Give them Willian and Salah plus money.
27/05/2014 06:50:00
Benzema??? No thanks, Torres is way better than Him. Get Costa, even Torres that was getting injured frequently at Liverpool enjoyed injury free seasons with us. Moreso, just like Drogba, Cahill, Luiz, Terry, Azpi and a few othere (Torres not included); Costa is a 'Man' je never takes defeat on the chin, he is ready to win at all cost. These are the type of peole that should play for cfc.
27/05/2014 06:54:00
Been talking about Bony for a while now. Glad you are picking up on it.. He had a great debut season and held Swansea afloat almost by himself plus he is the type of player Chelsea needs up front. Benzema is fantastic player, and anyone saying differently just goes to show how much they know about world football. FV makes me laugh at his writings again because I completely disagree with the sell salah an William and buy welbeck and Hernandez idea. It has absolutely no merit and is borderline crazy and negative idea from where I am looking.
27/05/2014 07:36:00
It's only a bloody hamstring.He just needs to rest it until it's right,simple and maybe,just maybe we might have Falcao to step in.Just have a feeling he could be on his way.
27/05/2014 08:19:00
By the way Willian is a genius,superb footballer.Try and mark him.
27/05/2014 08:20:00
One thing good about Costa is his determination & belief in him...That is always good for a striker...Torres had the determination to succed, but he was not confident player when we signed him...To improve his mental condition was tough and cost 4 managers's Job @ chelsea.
27/05/2014 10:07:00
We need a striker definitely....Torres is not a striker anymore, he is more of a playmaker these days...If we cant ship him out this summer, We shd train in at the wings...He has a good crossing ability and can track back to defend (atleast better than Mata & KDB)
27/05/2014 10:09:00
I am with IKdaniels.
27/05/2014 10:28:00
Gabeu's Writing Gibberish??? You have to laugh at the suggestion. Rich coming from a guy who writes LoL after every other sentence. Run for cover, Grammar Police coming over.
27/05/2014 10:30:00
I agree with @GabeU on this. It's not advisable to buy a striker who is currently nursing a reoccurring injury. We don't want to experience another Torres, we've gone through enough flop strikers to be wise enough not to fall into the same trap twice. This is exactly how a lot of fans were too excited about signing Torres that his injury issues were overlooked.. Please let's get someone else.
27/05/2014 13:45:00
I made a case for Bony last season but a lot of people said he was playing in an inferior league and so not good enough for us... Bony is a good one out there, Jackson Martinez is another one I feel is good enough.
27/05/2014 14:05:00
I have to agree with @Gabeu's concerns. Bony and Mandzukic look safer choices. It'll be interesting to see what happens with Costa. I was expecting some sort of official confirmation but still nothing. It's a bit of a worry.
27/05/2014 14:29:00
Touched a Nerve didn't I. Keep 'em coming. I am loving it.
27/05/2014 15:18:00
Why don't we just wait & see? See if he is passed fit for Spain & if so, does he play & contribute without breaking down? Or, best for us, does he stay home & recover?
27/05/2014 17:20:00
@analooish from our perspective the best thing would be for him to miss the world cup entirely. He will be devastated but that would enable him totally rest that hamstring and if we then buy him Eva Carniero and her team would have him ready for the start of the new season. Also his missing the world cup because of injury would essentially prevent a bidding war and keep his price pegged at the present buy out clause amount.
27/05/2014 17:39:00
I agree with gabeu as i have also been worried about his recurring injuries but i do not think it is as bad as torres, Torres' injuries i think was more of knee than hamstring. Though torres's problem wasn't mainly the injury he suffered if not - like ozil, kaka - were overwhelmed by the price they were bought and the task that awaits them. He just didn't have the belief. If costa will not loose his hunger, determination and belief i clearly do not see him not performing as a problem. By the way would it make sense that if truly we had tied up costa's deal that athleti would not consider the deal we had struck and go on and utilise costa so poorly??
27/05/2014 18:25:00
If costa eventually get selected into the spanish team heading to the WC ,Chelsea should please forget about the deal and find an alternative.Given recent injuries the guy needs alot of rest to be ready for next season.
Ige Bosun
27/05/2014 18:26:00
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