Date: 14th March 2015 at 9:19pm
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Chelsea hitman Diego Costa is not among the world’s elite strikers, according to former Arsenal forward Charlie Nicholas.

The Brazil-born Spain international has netted 17 Premier League goals in his first season at Stamford Bridge following a £32 million summer switch from Atletico Madrid.

However, Costa has struggled to take his talismanic form into other competitions and failed to score in any of his seven Champions League appearances before the Blues’ elimination in midweek.

Furthermore, the 26-year-old has not found the net in any of his last six games in all competitions, and Nicholas believes that there is plenty of room for improvement.

Speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday program, the Scottish pundit said: “He’s a top player, but not a really top player.

“The best guys who handle the situation are the guys who expose you through talent. If you’re asking him to change, he’s going to lose a percentage of his game.”

Does Nicholas have a point? Let us know your thoughts below.


14 responses to “Ex-Arsenal forward: Diego Costa NOT world class”

  1. harfolaby says:

    I agree on sum way bt dnt agree on other way! The most change dat i want from him is he behaviour,nt to rude to refree and other player

  2. Balzac says:

    Work class player! Diego Costa!
    He is a disgrace To football
    He should have been sent off in every single game he played for Chelsea
    So happy to cheaters are eliminated now

  3. Abegunde Stephen says:

    Diego Costa,is a world class striker.The only problem is that undue presure through double standard displayed against him by the FA and the critical English press has not be kind to him,which is killing is game.The problem of competing with Drogba has not been helpful aswell.Remenber he remain the only striker to play at the top level in chelsea agaist Drogba.I strongly believe he will still be a force to recone with in chelsea colour.

  4. Collins Masea says:

    Costa is not a world class player!! He is not and will never be!

    • Sunday says:

      Anyone that says that Diego costa,is not a world class player,Don’t know football,and your enemy, and we Don’t need you to tell us about him we Chelsea fans we love him ok

  5. Bawa fumakoshe says:

    very stuppid n nervous.

  6. omar says:

    he is a world class player we don’t need any explain that

  7. Yaouh says:

    Dos sayn costa is not,,U guyz dnt kno futbal n emotional way of playn..he’s doin dat to ginger d players n to do dat on pitch……2ndly,,dat’s his way of playing….anti-chelseas,anytn u say cnt b chngd….he’s d best striker in the world…

  8. Abey says:

    regardless of whoever comment, either he’s world class or not, he’s a Chelsea fc player, not arsenal player so that’s why he’s not a world class player. whatever!!!!!!!!!!! He’s d highest goal scorer in EPL follow by kun aguero. so regardless he’s a world player weather u like it or not

  9. eli chelsea says:

    Diego is a world class striker. Whether the arsenal fans say he is world class or not, he is better than any striker in arsenal right now, and probably the best in premier league at the moment

  10. nigel hill says:

    Giroud is currently a better forward for me.