- Diego Costa has reiterated that he will maintain his 'nasty' persona in his return to the Premier League
- The former Chelsea striker is expected to make his debut for Wolves against West Ham in the league
- Costa is notorious for his on-pitch uncontrollable and mercurial temperament, something he intends to continue with
Diego Costa is set to make his Premier League debut for Wolverhampton on Saturday versus West Ham in London.
Wolves manager Bruno Lage has revealed that Costa would maintain the reputation that earned him the title 'master of the dark arts' during his spell at Chelsea a few seasons ago.
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Costa made a surprise return to the Premier League early last month, joining Wolves to replace Sasa Kalajdzic, who will be sidelined for months if not the entire season.
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Costa's fiery on-pitch demeanour
Costa netted 52 goals in 89 games for Chelsea in the period 2014 to 2017, but gained notoriety for his volatile and tenacious character. Lage revealed what the two spoke about when they first met.
“The first thing he told me was: ‘I’m a very nice guy off the pitch, but I’m very nasty inside of the pitch'."
Lage said Costa is the type of player they need.
"These are the kind of players we want – players of character and personality to help us to win games. Inside of the games there are no friends and you need to fight for your lives, for us, the club and your colleagues."
Wolves have struggled in front of goal this season, with only three in seven games in the league so far.
"We are a different team when we play with a striker, as opposed to not. That’s why I’m convinced that after these eight games, by the middle of November, we will be in the middle of the table.”
Chelsea's teammate's prank on Costa
Sports Brief earlier reported on John Terry hilariously pranking Diego Costa for making inappropriate comments to the referee while at Chelsea.
Terry and his Blues teammates took advantage of Costa's language barrier to tell him obscene terms.
Costa received 31 yellow cards and 1 red card in England.