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Dave Edwards thinks Premier League will be a shock to Diego Costa's system

Former Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards believes the pace and intensity of the Premier League could come as a bit of a shock to Diego Costa.

Wanderers go to West Ham United on Saturday night.

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The team are looking to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City before the international break.

Wolves need three points in the capital, having won just one league game so far.

A tough game against Chelsea follows. Anything less than a win against the Hammers will mean the pressure cranks up further.

It has been reported earlier this week that Diego Costa is set to make his debut.

The star has been building his fitness over the international break, and has apparently impressed Bruno Lage and his staff.

Edwards talks up the 33-year-old in his latest piece for the Express & Star, but doesn’t envisage him starting.

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He said: “It is difficult to imagine him starting. But you want to be looking to get him on and getting those match minutes under his belt, at least.

“They need to get Costa in the team to see where he is at and properly assess how much more work he needs before he is at his sharpest.

“Training, after all, can be such a false environment when it comes to fitness.

“You can do all the running, conditioning and strength work you want. But when Costa is out on the pitch, I am sure his lungs will feel a lot worse than they have for a long time.”

Diego Costa should not start against West Ham

It would be a major surprise if Costa did start against West Ham.

Surely it is more logical to break him in gently rather than throw him in at the deep end.

He’s not played in 2022 after leaving Atletico Mineiro in January and that match sharpness will take time to build.

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Bruno Lage should be looking to get him involved off the bench.

Either Goncalo Guedes or Hwang Hee-chan should play through the middle on Saturday to begin with