Diego Costa celebrates Chelsea goal versus Middlesbrough in the Premier LeagueGETTY

Chelsea star Diego Costa has bagged 13 Premier League goals so far this season

The Spain international has been back to his prolific best this season, slamming home 13 goals in 17 Premier League games.

And, after picking up his fifth yellow card this term against Crystal Palace, he’ll be a big miss when Antonio Conte’s team welcome Bournemouth to Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.

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Chelsea legend Pat Nevin enjoyed a five-year stint at Stamford Bridge in the 1980s

“Try comparing any striker with Diego Costa right now and few are going to shine particularly brightly.”

Chelsea hero Pat Nevin hails Stamford Bridge star Diego Costa

Summer signing Michy Batshuayi has been tipped to step up in Costa’s place.

But Chelsea hero Nevin says there aren’t many players around who measure up to the Stamford Bridge star.

Writing on the Blues’ official website, he said: “Batshuayi can and will be a class act in the end, but the temptation is always to compare him with Diego and that is tough.

Michy Batshuayi celebrates Chelsea goal versus Bristol Rovers in EFL Cup at Stamford BridgeGETTY

Belgium star Michy Batshuayi may deputise for Diego Costa against Bournemouth on Boxing Day

“Try comparing any striker with Diego Costa right now and few are going to shine particularly brightly.”

Chelsea sit top of the league ahead of Bournemouth’s visit to west London, six points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

They can extend their lead at the summit to nine providing they beat the Cherries and results elsewhere go their way.

Source: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/571782/Chelsea-Bournemouth-Live-Pat-Nevin-Diego-Costa-Stamford-Bridge-Premier-League-CFC-News