Chelsea legend warns Wolves over ‘dangerous’ Costa

Date published: Friday 1st January 2021 4:41 - Lewis Oldham


Chelsea legend Tony Cascarino has warned Wolves about the signing of Diego Costa, as he could be a “dangerous fit” for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

The striker spent three years playing for Chelsea between 2014 and 2017. In that time he made 120 appearances in all competitions and he scored 59 goals.

Costa has often found himself in hot water thanks to his antics on and off the pitch.

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He departed Chelsea in 2017 to rejoin Atletico Madrid. He has made over 80 appearances in that time, but he has only featured seven times so far this season.

In December 2020, Madrid and Costa mutually agreed to cancel his contract, making him a free agent ahead of the January transfer window. Wolves are among a number of clubs said to be interested in him.

Speaking on Friday’s talkSPORT Breakfast, Cascarino suggested that Costa is a very risky signing:

“I think it’s a very dangerous fit if I’m honest.

“Because of the experience, he had at Chelsea and the way he wanted to leave the club, the way he disappeared.

“Obviously it then turned sour at Atletico and he became a real problem, he played relatively little football this year, he’s only played seven games and got a couple of goals.

“I don’t know if I could trust him, or trust what he’s going to be like if he came to the football club.

“If I was getting the Diego Costa who turned up at Chelsea, followed Didier [Drogba], was a real handful – great! The fans loved him at Chelsea, you’d hear his name all around the stadium, he was their favourite player.

“But the way he handled it, I would be very suspicious of a 32-year-old whose contract has been ripped up.

“You could argue that Eric Cantona left Leeds United in a very sour way, and Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson got an unbelievable player who played his best football… but I’m not sure Diego Costa has that same mentality.

“It’s the kind of high risk move that if it comes off you’re a genius, but if it falls flat you’re an idiot for taking him.

“Nuno would have to handle a very difficult player.

“If Diego Simone felt Costa still could have done a job for Atletico Madrid, he would have been desperate to keep him. But Atletico are still in the Champions League and they have a chance to win the LaLiga title, Costa wants to rip up his contract and the club has agreed.

“That rings alarm bells, for me.”

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