On the first of January, Diego Costa will officially be known as an Atletico Madrid player for a third time.
Since his fall out with Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, with the striker feeling like he was being treated “like a criminal” at the club and publicly sharing that Conte sent him a text message telling him he is not in the manager’s plans in the future, we haven’t heard or seen much of Costa, with him returning to Brazil over summer and refusing to go back to London until a move back to Los Colchoneros was finalised.
However, this Tuesday (10th October), footage from Atleti’s training complex in Majadahonda showed Costa having yet another strop, booting balls away and gesticulating towards the coaching staff after he was made to go through some solo drills, away from the first team.
As well as Tuesday’s footage, over the past week it has been documented that the striker has been struggling with drills during training, with footage being shared of coaches wanting him to go faster and the forward looking to be out of breath in between workouts. Photos published with the media over the weekend also showed Costa celebrating his 29th birthday on a beach, drinking beers with friends, which may not help his cause.
Will his infamous hot headedness overshadow how well his return to Atleti goes? We also have to bear in mind that during the 13-14 season, he produced 27 goals in 35 games in La Liga, and with the side only scoring 12 goals so far this season, only Sevilla being the only club in the current top 6 to have scored less, Costa’s eye for goal could prove to be just what the club need to push for a title challenge.