Last week it was being reported that Everton were potentially tracking former Chelsea striker Diego Costa to improve our punch up front ahead of the coming 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
The report seems to originate from the Daily Mail but it was typical rumour mill fare and contained few real details other than a claim that owner Farhad Moshiri had ‘ordered’ Everton to look into his capture as a ‘statement signing’.
Despite the 30-year-old’s clear attributes and talent, there are massive questions marks about his mentality and that continues at Atletico Madrid with an apparent eight game ban last season for insulting a referee.
Reacting to that speculation, former Welsh international striker Dean Saunders, a regular in the pundit circles now, claimed that trying to entice Romelu Lukaku back instead would be a far better and safer option. In fact, he was very much arguing anyone but Costa.
Speaking to Talksports Final Word podcast.
“The plus points is that he scores goals. Then you have the discipline problem, but they need a striker. Since Lukaku’s gone they haven’t replaced him. Calvert-Lewin, he does the donkey work, but I am not sure he is a 20-goal a season man. But we will have to wait and see, he’s only young. But, at the moment, they need a striker. If you put Lukaku back into the team, he’d be better. He’d win them more games. The downside of Costa is you are signing a problem. At some point, he is going to become a problem. He’s got a red card in his bag at any moment. It’s up to Silva, but I wouldn’t sign him. You are signing a problem.”
If Lukaku does leave Manchester United this summer there would be a difference in price between the two, but Costa seems more trouble than he’s worth and I can’t imagine manager Marco Silva would want to work with him given the spirit in the group he’s tried to foster.