Diego Costa to Wolves: ex-Chelsea ace’s age, FIFA 22 ratings and injury history ahead of potential move
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The 33-year-old has been without a club since January, leaving Atletico Mineiro after scoring five times in 19 appearances.
Costa may not be in the best years of his career, but Wolves are struggling with injury issues up top, losing Sasa Kalajdzic and Raul Jimenez to injury.
Here we round up the latest.
Costa’s recent history
Since leaving Chelsea in 2017, Costa returned to Atletico Madrid for two years, scoring 12 times in 61 La Liga appearances.
Costa left mid-way through the 2020/21 season, returning to birth country Brazil to join Atletico Mineiro, but he was given a La Liga winner’s medal after Atleti went on to win the title.
In Brazil, Costa scored five times in 19 appearances, cancelling his contract in January 2022. Before then, he won the Brazilian double with Mineiro, winning the Serie A league title and the Copa do Brasil.
The Spain international has been without a club since departing.
Costa has a pretty lengthy injury history, missing 79 games in total during his career.
Though, it must be said that his injuries don’t tend to be too lengthy.
Only five of Costa’s injuries have spanned more then five games, while only two have cost him more than 10 games.
More concerningly, Costa has picked up nine injuries since the start of the 2018/19 season.
He wasn’t injured at all during his Atletico Mineira spell, but he missed 32 games across multiple injuries in his two most recent seasons with Atletico Madrid.
What Costa has said
In his most recent interview, as cited by ElEspanol, Costa was very critical of his former clubs.
“Atlético de Madrid is not at a European level either. It’s all a lie. At Mineiro, in terms of structure, quality and what it gives to the player, food, that’s top, 100%. At Atlético de Madrid they don’t have.”
Speaking about Mineiro, he added: “European level? No, I’m not going to lie to you. The training locker room was bad and the academy is also dead “.
Given Costa has a reputation for stirring things up, it probably won’t comfort Wolves to read of him being so critical of some of his former clubs.
Fifa 22 rating
When it comes to Fifa 22, Costa is rated at 75, with that rating also being his maximum potential.
The striker’s highest attribute is strength at 82 and shit power at 80.
His heading accuracy also stands out at 78, while volleys are at 77, and jumping at 75.
On the mentality front, his aggression is at 90, with positioning at 80 and vision at 75.
His weaknesses include long passing at 56, agility at 55, acceleration at 59 and balance at 44.
Costa’s interceptions are rated at 40, while his standing tackle ability is as low as 39.