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Tim Vickery gives verdict on the 2022 version of Diego Costa, as striker prepares to join Wolves

Diego Costa is set to seal a stunning move to Wolves after Sasa Kalajdzic suffered an ACL injury on his debut for the club.

The Austria international is now looking at months on the sidelines, just days after joining the club from Stuttgart.

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Wolves have wasted little time replacing Kalajdzic, with reports on Sunday evening saying that the club were going to be flying Costa in on Tuesday.

It is understood he’ll be having a medical with the club today.

It is a story that has prompted a big reaction, with a lot of neutral supporters very curious to see Costa back in the Premier League again.

Of course, the star previously had three seasons at Chelsea where he played at a world-class level, helping the club to win two league titles.

Costa left Stamford Bridge in January 2018 and joined Atletico Madrid for a second spell. He had quite a few injury problems and scored just 19 goals in 81 games.

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But is Costa really way over the hill now?

South American football expert Tim Vickery doesn’t think it’d be a bad move by Wolves.

He told Sky Sports: “He’s clearly not match fit, and he’s coming up 34. He’s not the player that he was in his heyday with Atletico Madrid and Chelsea.

“But he brings plenty to the table. Experienced, and such a competitor.

“Very controversial character. Hated by opponents, hated by opposition fans. But he tends to be very, very popular with his teammates.

“Perhaps a slight worry is that, during his time in Brazil, there were a few niggling injuries. He certainly didn’t do badly in Brazil.”

Vickery went on to say that the reason Costa actually left Atletico Mineiro was because his children were not happy. Vickery says there is a lack of urban safety in Brazil, and it can be hard for kids to adapt and that that was the problem for Costa. There were no issues in terms of his conduct.

He also added that the player had interest from Rayo Vallecano earlier this summer, but could not agree terms.

Wolves don’t have much choice other than to get Diego Costa in

Vickery is well placed to comment on Costa and what he is like now at the age of 33.

It seems Wolves fans should probably not expect too much.

But it does seem there is potential here for Costa to have a positive impact for Wolves.

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Wolves lost a lot of experience earlier this summer with the likes of Romain Saiss, Fernando Marcal, John Ruddy, Willy Boly, Conor Coady and Leander Dendoncker all leaving the club.

So to bring in a very experienced player who has won a lot of trophies in his career could be very good for the dressing room at least.