Santi Cazorla insists Diego Costa can overcome his slow start to the season with Chelsea by firing Spain to the brink of qualification for the 2016 European Championships.
The striker – with just one goal to his name so far this season – has, along with the rest of his Chelsea team-mates, struggled to find his best form so far this season.
And the Spain frontman has fared little better for his country, scoring just once so far in 10 appearances, with a persistent hamstring injury restricting his game time to appearing in just two of their six Euro 2016 qualifiers so far.
The reigning European champions face Slovakia in Oviedo on Saturday hoping to regain top spot in Group C and avenge their defeat in Zilina last October.
But despite Costa’s struggles, Arsenal playmaker Cazorla is tipping his international team-mate to soon find form for club and country.
“I speak to Diego a lot and he says he’s feeling great,” said Cazorla. “On other occasions when he’s come to the Spain squad with injuries he has not been in his best physical condition.
“Right now he feels good and he’s enthusiastic. He’s going to be a vital player and hopefully he can score lots of goals.”
Cazorla has also played only a bit-part role in Spain’s qualification campaign to date, but he insists he is happy to play anywhere – even if it means shifting from the deep-lying position he has made his own at Arsenal.
“Personally, I’ve been playing all year in this position with Arsenal and I like it,” he added.
“I got used to it quickly. In the last qualifying game I played alongside Busquets and I enjoyed playing there. The main thing though is give my all for the team no matter where I’m asked to play.”