Nuno Espirito Santos and Wolves had a wonderful season last year, on their return from the Championship to top-flight English football.
Indeed, it went as well as it could’ve for the Portuguese coach, given that the side finished above Everton, West Ham, and Leicester City – all teams considered to be middleweight sides of their own.
This summer presents the team with the chance to bolster their attacking options going into the domestic campaign this August, and the position that has been identified as most in need of reinforcement is upfront.
At the moment, the Wanderers boast a skilled striker in Raul Jiminez, who racked up the goals last season in what turned out to be an impressive haul for the forward.
However, at the age of 30, concerns surrounding his fitness and ability in the attacking third have caused Wolves to look for a replacement before the season commences.
The name that has cropped up is not one that you would associate with Santos’s side – Diego Costa.
The Spaniard spent his time sulking from his Chelsea days at his former club Atletico Madrid, but with interest surrounding a return to the Premier League from many English clubs, the Wanderers could be the perfect fit for the striker.
Yes, he’s no fit fiddle himself and is just as old as Jiminez. But even at the age of 30, where most players reach the latter stages of his career, Costa does not look as if he’s slowing down.
The move still remains in the realms of rumor, yet considering that the fiery forward is a client of super-agent Jorge Mendes – a man known to have incredibly close links to Wolves and owners Fosun – this could be an ideal signing for the Wanderers.
So, whether or not Costa does accept the offer, with all the Premier League betting markets surrounding his involvement available from the click of a button, we’ve taken a look at exactly what the Premier League’s greatest ever supervillain could bring to Molineux…
A Clinical Goalscorer
Not many people know that Costa is one of the five strikers to score 35 Premier League goals in the fewest number of games, having reached that accolade with Chelsea under Jose Mourinho in 58 days.
While his aggression and physicality are the more recognizable trait that he possesses, the forward has proved that he is more than capable of executing his technical prowess to perfection in the box.
With Mourinho and the Blues, this became a more rounded aspect of his style of play, as worked alongside the likes of Pedro, and Cesc Fabregas.
Should the Spanish international make the move to Wolves, he will be receiving (arguably) better reception from Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, and the ever-present Matt Doherty.
These are players who have proved their worth in the Premier League and all over the world and will be able to provide Costa with chances on the counter, and from open play to rack up the goals.
The Raving Mad Man
Despite the moments of sheer brilliance he can produce in front of goal, it goes without saying that Costa is absolutely terrifying to face for any defender, and not just because he does the kind of dirty work that even referees are hesitant to call out on.
Arguably, this is when he is at his best; with his back to the goal, wrestling defenders, and muscling his way into the attacking third with the kind of pace and power associated with only the very best strikers in the League.
There is no one quite like the Spaniard, and no one quite like him within the Wolves ranks.
If Costa were to make the move from Madrid to the Molineux, this villainy could come into good use against the ‘big six’ sides – teams that the Wanderers have a track record of not doing so well against.
It would certainly be interesting of how the likes of Virgil Van Dijk and Aymeric Laporte would deal with the physicality and presence he would bring to the Wolves attack, one that has become a hallmark of the 30-year-old’s style of play.
And should he confirm his role as a full-time Wanderers player, you’ll be able to read all about his performances under Santos at Wolves on our football betting tips page.
Determined, Motivated, Capable
The struggles that Costa experienced in his childhood required endeavor, grit and willpower – attributes that we see today in his style of play and personality.
During his early Madrid days, this was key to Atletico’s game plan, where the Spaniard would be making runs, and plays alongside Antoinne Griezmann even in the 88th minute of matches, often culminating in late goals for Diego Simeone’s side that aided their title hopes.
For Wolves, this will be particularly effective, considering that despite the fact that he may not be the most potent goalscorer in the league, though he can be, the 30-year-old proves that he is able to constantly feed the attack, even in the dying moments of games.
And as a side that has somewhat of a proclivity in netting late goals, expect this tally to go up, should Costa make his return to the Premier League.
Yet, for many fans, the stories surrounding Mendes and his client seem too good to be true, despite the fact that the former Chelsea striker would be the perfect fit for the Wanderers.
You can read all about Costa’s transfer saga with Wolves here, on our Premier League transfer page.