‘Have to be realistic’ - Chris Sutton plays down Diego Costa impact ahead of Wolves clash

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Diego Costa could make his debut for Wolves this weekend - five years after his last Premier League appearance.

Former striker Chris Sutton has said that Wolverhampton Wanderers need to be ‘realistic’ ahead of Diego Costa’s potential debut this weekend.

The former Chelsea star joined Wolves earlier this month after he was released by Atletico Mineiro and will be hoping to add goals to a poor start to the season for the Midlands club.

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However, Sutton isn’t sure Costa will have the impact Wolves need to improve on recent results.

“Diego Costa could make his Wolves debut here, but I think we have to be realistic about what to expect from him,” Sutton told BBC Sport.

“This isn’t the Costa we saw at Chelsea, at the peak of his powers. He is 33 now and has not played a competitive game this year.

“Wolves frustrate me because they are a really good team that just doesn’t score enough goals. I could be wrong, but I don’t see Costa changing that.”

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Costa was one of the Premier League’s best during his time at Chelsea, scoring 52 goals in 89 appearances in the top flight and helping them win two league titles.

However, the 33-year-old left Stamford Bridge five years ago and has since spent time in Spain and Brazil.

With Raul Jimenez sidelined with an injury since August, Costa is likely to start this weekend as Wolves take on West Ham.

Both sides have only won one game each this season and sit close to the bottom of the table.

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Sutton went onto predict a 1-0 win for the Irons in the English capital, claiming: “West Ham are not exactly prolific either, but I think they deserve more points than they’ve picked up so far and this could be the day where their luck turns.”

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