Wright: “Chelsea should sell Diego Costa”

Wright: “Chelsea should sell Diego Costa”

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Ian Wright has said that Chelsea should sell striker Diego Costa, after a series of incidents involving the Spaniard this season. 

The former Arsenal midfielder said that Costa is the ‘last centre forward’ the Blues need, with Jose Mourinho’s side having suffered their worst start in over 30 years.

“I would sell him at the first opportunity I get because, as brilliant as he was in the first season, he is playing differently,” said Wright.

Costa himself is also in a poor run of form, having scored just two goals in 12 games this season. The 27-year old scored 20 goals, including seven in the opening four games of the season, last term.

He has also been in hot water with the FA in recent weeks, having been given a three-game ban for violent conduct after the 2-1 win against Arsenal, after an incident with Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny.

The former Atletico Madrid striker went unpunished for an apparent stamp on Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, before gesturing to Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross that his armpits stank in the 1-0 loss at the Britannia Stadium last weekend.

“He seems a little bit more antagonising,” Wright, who is a TV pundit, said to the London Evening Standard.  

“The first season he got here he was focusing on scoring goals, being in the box. Now he’s outside the box, he’s getting involved with people. 

“I believe at this moment now, he’s the last centre forward you need. You need a centre forward who’s going to get on with it, stretch teams and cause teams problems in the right way.”