Gaizka Mendieta expects Diego Costa to be a big hit at Chelsea when he completes his long-awaited move to the Blues from Atletico Madrid.
Costa has endured a difficult World Cup campaign with Spain, who have already been eliminated from the competition, with doubts surrounding his fitness after a hamstring injury.
He netted 27 goals in 35 La Liga matches for Diego Simeone’s side last season, however, helping them to the Spanish title and the Champions League final.
When asked what Costa will bring to Stamford Bridge, retired Spain star Mendieta said: “Definitely goals, he gives 100 per cent as well. He works so hard for the team, has great spirit.
“The fans will love him. His quality is great and the fact he gives everything in the games. He’s physical, strong, not afraid to fight with defenders!
“It’s the best place for him, although he was right for Atletico, where they played more direct. He’s very clever with his movement too. He creates space for himself and his team-mates.”
The former Middlesbrough midfielder has also backed Chelsea’s other big-name signing, Cesc Fabregas, to pick up where he left off upon his return to the English top flight.
“[Vicente] Del Bosque wanted to play with one striker so he’s not played so much [at the World Cup],” Mendieta commented. “The Premier League suits him though, it’s where he made his name.
“Chelsea play more direct football and the manager knows him well, so I can’t see why not. He needs to play week in, week out, which didn’t happen at Barcelona.
“But it won’t be easy at Chelsea either. He could be the Frank Lampard-type player, now he’s leaving, the ones who makes the runs.”