Nearly a third of Chelsea fans have called on the club to sell Diego Costa, branding the Spain striker ‘more trouble than he’s worth’.
Jose Mourinho stated earlier this week that he believes a Chelsea team filled with 11 Costas would lose every game they feature in, such is the FA’s ongoing desire to suspend him from action.
Though looking at the findings of 90min’s latest poll on the Spanish international striker, it appears that a large section of Blues fans would prefer to do away with Costa altogether rather than seeing eleven versions – or even the one they have – of the controversial 26-year-old in a Blues’ shirt.
Costa is currently serving a three-match ban for violent conduct for his actions against Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny. Chelsea won the match against Arsenal 2-0 that day, but his behaviour led to the dismissal of Gunners defender Gabriel – a decision that was later overturned by the FA.
The former Atletico Madrid man has been widely criticised for his role in the incident, even while it helped Chelsea take three points from the game and he’s currently still seeing out a retrospective three-match suspension handed to him by English football’s governing body. It’s not the first time Costa’s actions have come under scrutiny and it’s not the first time he’s been banned either.
And nearly a third of Chelsea fans appear to have had enough, as they believe his actions have started having serious repercussions on the success of the team as a whole.
In the wake of the incident, Chelsea fans were asked “is Diego Costa becoming more trouble than he’s worth?” – and 31% of the total 32,326 voters chose “yes, the guy’s a nutter and he’s costing us!”
Telling, in a sense. While Mourinho is continually ready to stand by his £32m acquisition despite his on-field antics, Costa may need to change his antagonistic ways if he’s to convince the large number of supporters to get back on his side.
A larger amount of fans however – 39% of voters, to be exact – still retain their support for the Brazilian-born forward, even while they appreciate that his discipline could be an issue. That 39% acknowledged that “he’s a great footballer, but he needs to calm down a bit and start playing”, so perhaps it’s some food for thought for Costa upon his return to action.
In terms of the rest of the vote, just 19% of supporters staunchly leapt to their defence of Costa, choosing “no way (is he becoming more trouble than he’s worth), he’s a winner and always gets the job done!” while 11% remained unsure and were prepared to wait on how many goals he’ll score this season.
Costa’s form in front of goal has actually been something of an issue this year, as he’s only managed to chalk up one Premier League goal in the six appearances he’s made so far this season – though he has scored once in the Champions League, too.
Nevertheless, it’s a stark contrast at the moment to his exploits last season, as he bagged 20 in 26 league appearances to help the Blues to their first Premier League title since 2010.
On the basis of these findings, however, Costa needs to do a little bit more than score goals to win back the hearts of a large number of Chelsea supporters.
For more fan views, to join the conversation or to cast your vote via FanVoice visit www.90min.com