Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has reserved special praise for Spanish striker Diego Costa, comparing him to Stamford Bridge legend Didier Drogba.
Costa, 28, scored his 12th Premier League goal of the season in the 1-0 win over West Brom on Sunday, putting him one goal above Alexis Sanchez in the race for the Golden Boot.
The win leaves Antonio Conte’s side three points clear of Arsenal in second, and six points above Liverpool who lie in third.
And Cahill, who is now in his sixth season at Chelsea, has attributed Diego Costa’s prolific form to Chelsea’s rise up the table.
The Daily Star quote Cahill as saying: “The fans are getting behind him because he is banging goals in and winning us football matches,”
“Didier was a huge figure, goalscoring-wise, on and off the pitch, personality wise.
“You need strikers like that at a club like Chelsea and Diego is fitting into that role nicely. This season he is on fire.
“He is up there with the very best in world football at the moment. The stats don’t lie. We hope that continues.”
Cahill went on to say that Costa is a completely unchanged person since joining Chelsea, claiming that he has found a way to channel his aggression in the ‘right way’.
He added: “He’s exactly the same fella, he’s the same guy as when he first came into the club,
“He’s just channelling his aggression in the right way and not getting as frustrated as he usually would.
“I can see, because I know him, when gets frustrated like he was in the first half. But he’s being patient because when the goals are coming he knows that one chance and he’ll stick it away.
“That’s something he’s added to his game this season. I was just saying to be patient and I knew he would get opportunities in the game.
“He made his own opportunity in the end. He is going to be that player and have that personality, so it’s just putting it in the right direction and at the moment he’s doing that and banging goals in.
“His goal was work-rate, effort and class all in one moment. He had not right to score that goal whatsoever.”