Diego Costa is spending too much time with his back to goal and should take a leaf out of Jamie Vardy’s book to help Chelsea, according to Alan Shearer.
Costa has now gone 539 minutes without a goal for Chelsea after the Premier League champions lost 1-0 at Stoke City on Saturday to slip to 16th.
Shearer felt the Blues produced an improved performance at the Britannia Stadium but were let down by a poor showing from their frontman.
‘Diego Costa needs to start taking a leaf out of Jamie Vardy’s book,’ Shearer said in his column for The Sun.
‘There is little in age between 27-year-old Costa and Vardy, 28, but right now one looks full of energy, while the other is barely mobile.
‘I studied Chelsea’s performance on Saturday and actually thought they played as well as they have done for some time.
‘But what frustrated me about Costa was the lack of trouble he gave Stoke’s back four.
‘If you asked Ryan Shawcross whether he would have wanted Costa running at him or with his back to him there would only be one answer.
‘Costa is constantly coming towards the ball now, whereas you look at Vardy and he is always looking to run in behind the back four.
‘No defender wants you running at them. If you are in front of them holding the ball up and laying it back, that’s fine no problem.
‘I wonder if too often strikers are being told to be more a part of a team than an individual, which is forcing them to move further back to be part of the link-up play.
‘But if you have Costa’s ability there is only one place you should be, up front, facing defenders and running on to through balls.
‘Vardy plays like a classic No 9, with pace and a direction that is focused on scoring goals. There is no better striker in the country right now.
‘Vardy and Costa show how one person can change the fortunes of a club if they are in or out of form. It is why strikers go for the big money and get paid the big wages.’
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