Leicester City’s interim manager Dean Smith has praised Wolves striker Diego Costa ahead this weekend’s game at the King Power Stadium, branding him ‘a real talisman’.

It’s another huge game for Wolves, as they seek to record a third straight victory in the Premier League.

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Wins over Chelsea and Brentford have helped Wanderers pull seven points clear of the drop zone.

They have given themselves breathing room.

But Leicester will be desperate for three points on Saturday and Wolves need to be on their game.

One man who should have a good chance of starting is Costa, who grabbed his first goal for Wolves against Brentford.

Julen Lopetegui said he would be assessed, after he wore knee strapping in the second-half against the Bees.

But Costa has trained this week, suggesting he is fine to play against the Foxes.

Smith was speaking to reporters today ahead of the game and singled out Costa for praise.

He said (via @LCFC): “They’ve got a threat all over the pitch. [Diego] Costa’s been a real talisman for them, as you’d expect. They’re on a good run of form as well, they’ve just beaten Chelsea and Brentford. They’ll certainly be confident.”

A lot of Wolves fans are hoping to see Costa play with Matheus Cunha on Saturday.

The pair have started the last two games and seem to have a really good partnership going on.

Diego Costa has given Wolves an injection, as Dean Smith praises striker

It’s a very big compliment from Smith.

He clearly feels Costa has made massive difference for Wolves.

He has certainly helped Wanderers climb the table. In the last two games he has been brilliant leading the line.

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But it isn’t just about what he has brought on the pitch recently.

By many accounts, including most recently from Max Kilman, Costa has been brilliant for the dressing room since his arrival.

It seems his infectious character has really helped the rest of the squad at Molineux.

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