Daniel Podence has admitted he didn’t realise how good Diego Costa’s technical ability was.
The striker made his Wolves debut against West Ham United last weekend, and came in for high praise from supporters for his cameo.
Costa came off the bench to replace Goncalo Guedes as Wolves sough to get back into the contest at 2-0 down.
The 33-year-old put in a surprisingly lively display, coming short to link up with people and also running the channels.
Costa had not played all year, but did not look out of place at all at the London Stadium.
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Arguably, he was the biggest positive during a dismal afternoon.
Costa has been with Wolves for a few weeks now, and his teammates have been getting to know him at Compton Park.
Winger Podence has stated he is actually taken aback by how strong Costa is technically.
He said (via Birmingham Mail): “In the past, I thought he wasn’t a technical player and just wanted to fight, but now he’s here, it’s unbelievable to see how good he is with the ball, with his feet, and still fighting for the ball.
“I can now understand how he scored so many goals and won so many titles in Atletico and Chelsea. Playing with him will be very good for us both, so I’m very happy.
“We needed someone who can fight because I think we have had a lack of aggression and winning duels. It’s very good for us to see that because if someone like him is doing that at 34-years-old, how can a guy like me at 26 not be doing that. If I see him running a lot, how can I do the opposite?”
Podence comments highlight why Costa is such an influential signing by Wolves
It was clear to see during Costa’s cameo last weekend that he wasn’t just about being aggressive. He showed a sure touch and the ability to link up with others.
That was very encouraging to see.
It is interesting to hear Podence talk about Costa’s work-rate and competitiveness.
He is absolutely right – how can others not show the same appetite as the soon-to-be 34-year-old? The comment alone shows why Costa is a great addition to the squad.
Costa is already setting an example. And hopefully, the general level will soon be raised.