The Costa Conundrum

The Costa Conundrum


Throughout a fantasy premier league season, there will be times where you will have difficult decisions to make, tough questions to answer and this is the biggest one so far…

Should I Ditch Diego Costa, The Goalscoring Machine?

Costa took no time to settle, scoring in his debut against Burnley all the way back in Gameweek 1. Since then, he’s notched a further 8 goals, failing to score in just the one game, when he came face to face with City. However, on more than one occasion, Costa has been an injury doubt and following the recent international break, he finally succumbed to injury and has been left out of Chelsea’s last two games.

This has been enough for some managers to ditch him for other in form strikers but will they be punished for being too hasty? The question we have to try to tackle is how fit is Costa? Mourinho’s stated that he won’t be fit to face United in Gameweek 9 but has offered no further analysis so it’s feasible, he could return in Gameweek 10, when Chelsea have a favourable home fixture against QPR.

Although, Remy has since stated that he hopes to be fit for the United game.

Chelsea Alternatives

In all fairness, we just don’t know when Costa will return with Mourinho understandably keeping his cards close to his chest but unlike other teams, with Chelsea there are other potential options.

1. Hazard (9.9m) – Hazard hasn’t been at his deadliest this season but we’ve seen glimpses of what he can produce. In Gameweek 7, his spot kick duties came to the fore as he gave Szczesny the eyes to slot home with ease before he drew a blank in Gameweek 8. However, against Maribor he was at his best once more leading Chelsea to a comfortable 6-0 win, where he notched twice and picked up an assist.

If you’re looking for the next best attacking asset Chelsea possess, it’s definitely Hazard. He’s been a little hit and miss so far but he clearly has the talent and has been far more effective against the top sides, which is worth bearing in mind as Chelsea face United and Liverpool in their next 3 games. An ownership of 14% makes him a decent differential too who has that explosive nature you dream of as a fantasy manager.

2. Fabregas (9.7m) – Another summer buy who’s slotted right into the Chelsea lineup is Fabregas, setting up 7 goals so far and picking up one himself in the last game against Palace. Being on set pieces and having excellent vision has led to the number of assists he’s racked up; it’s clearly helped having players like Terry, Cahill, Matic and Ivanovic to aim for. However, his ownership percentage of 52% won’t help you catch many others in the game. Fabregas will surely create many more goals but he’s also mentioned how he’ll have to sit back at times…

Now I am playing deeper in midfield, there will be moments during the season when maybe I go five or six games without a goal or an assist, and I am more proud about the team work, the discipline, the way we coped with the sending off, than my goals or my assists.” (Source)

3. Oscar (8.3m) – If you’re looking for the cheaper option, Oscar’s your man. He’s less reliable having struggled to consistently return points in the FPL but is currently in a decent run of form. Oscar has picked up 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 5 and spends plenty of time attacking. The main issue is that you’d never really count on Oscar so that rules him out of captaincy material. An ownership of 3% makes him a strong differential though.

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