Costa moved to west London from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid this summer for a reported £32 million, but has been beset by problems with his hamstrings, meaning Chelsea have been forced to ration his game time.
But while there are great concerns at Stamford Bridge over Costa’s fitness issues, Drogba is in no doubt that they have secured the right man.
“[Costa] is very good,” said Drogba. “For him to start the season in England, coming from Spain which is a very different league, and to recreate the same thing he was doing at Atletico is fantastic. He’s really good and he’s enjoying playing here and being with us. That’s the best feeling he could have. He’s the striker we needed this season.”
Despite the difficulties, Costa has still enjoyed a spectacular start to his career in England, hitting seven goals in his first four Premier League games, including a ruthless hat-trick against Swansea City. He also managed to stir up a piece of controversy when he became embroiled in an on-field row with Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard following his mocking reaction to Seamus Coleman’s unfortunate own goal in the match at Goodison Park.
But striker partner Drogba insisted his focus was only on success. “When I look at [Costa], I can see the desire to win every challenge, to score goals. He’s hungry for goals and that’s the best thing for a team like us,” said the Ivory Coast international.
And Drogba, who also returned to Stamford Bridge this summer after a period away, also indicated his eagerness to help foster that positive attitude throughout the whole squad.
“I’m here to help but I’m also here to show, if I can say that, to show them the spirit. Even if I don’t have any doubt about their desire to win, I’m here to help and I will give what I can,” he said.