104 goals, 88 cautions and more: What Chelsea have bought for £32m

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Chelsea have signed Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, but what are the numbers behind his career to date?

Following months of speculation, Chelsea finally completed the signing of Spanish international striker Diego Costa earlier this week.

For a reported £32million, Jose Mourinho got the quality frontman he had been pining for since his return to Stamford Bridge.

Costa may have had a World Cup to forget but he had a domestic campaign to remember in his final season at Atletico Madrid, and there is no question Chelsea have signed an outstanding goal-scorer.

In the latest in our series on the numbers behind a player’s career to date, we take a closer look at the 25-year-old.

2 – The number of major club honours Costa has won in his career to date. The striker was part of the Atletico team that won the Copa del Rey in 2013, and a year later he fired them to the La Liga title ahead of a shell-shocked Barcelona and Real Madrid.

273 – The number of club appearances the player has made so far. The vast majority of those – 134 – came for Atletico. But he has also played for Valladolid, Albacete, Celta Vigo, Rayo Vallecano, Penafiel and Braga.

104 – The number of club goals he has scored thus far. Not bad considering that works out as a goal every 2.6 games.

38 – The number of assists in his club career to date. While not overly impressive, this does show he has the capacity to set up goals for others, even if his main priority for Chelsea will be knocking them in himself.

8 – The number of times Costa has been sent off in his club career. Four of those were straight red cards while the other four were the result of two bookable offences.

88 – The number of yellow cards he has collected. Anything but a wallflower, his style of play is such that he is always likely to pick up a booking on a fairly regular basis.

7 – The number of matches Costa missed through injury last season. The thigh muscle strain he picked up at the end of the season threatened to ruin his World Cup. But his recent injury woes suggest Chelsea will not push him too hard too soon.

All stats courtesy of transfermarkt.com

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