Diego Costa has joined Wolverhampton Wanderers on a free transfer, returning to the Premier League five years after leaving Chelsea.
The feather-ruffling Spaniard has come in to replace summer arrival Sasa Kalajdzic, who suffered a cruciate ligament injury on his debut. He had previously been unattached after leaving Brazilian champions Atletico Mineiro in January.
Wolves have made an inauspicious start to the campaign, with Bruno Lage’s men currently 14th in the Premier League table, having won just one of their opening six games. They are currently the lowest-scoring team in the division with just three goals to show for their early work.
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It will be hoped that Costa, despite his lengthy spell as a free agent, can come in to bolster Lage’s frontline and give them some real aggression, bite and scoring prowess in the final third — three traits that have been sorely lacking in these early stages of the campaign.
Costa has cultivated a reputation for his up-and-at-em and fearless style of play, a forward who would never shirk a 50-50, but even he’s admitted that he was quaking in his boots when Wolves’ PR team asked him to feature in his unveiling video with an actual pack of wolves.
“I was scared to death. Holding that chain I kept thinking, ‘What if this wolf thinks about jumping on top of me?’ and then the three of them did,” Costa said of his announcement video.
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“Because the lady training them kept calling them, asked them to move around a little and the dog, the wolves didn’t do a single thing. And I thought, ‘If they’re not doing anything with the trainer, if they come’…when they came and smelled my foot, I knew I was done for.”
Costa is unlikely to make his debut this weekend against Manchester City as he may require some time getting back up to match fitness, having not featured since January and missing pre-season training with a club.