Diego Costa’s return to form and fitness could prove more valuable for Atletico Madrid than their eight new signings, according to team-mate Saul Niguez.
Five pre-season goals – including four and a red card in the stunning 7-3 thrashing of rivals Real Madrid – suggest the controversial striker is getting back to his best.
He managed just 16 appearances in LaLiga last term due to a combination of injuries, Alvaro Morata’s arrival and a season-ending eight-game ban for insulting a referee.
Costa still has one match of that suspension to serve but looks to be enjoying a new lease of life after two lean campaigns.
“Diego looks great to me,” Spain midfielder Saul told Spanish radio station COPE.
“I love it when he’s like this, [because his attitude is] infectious. He’s a player we need at all times.
“I love that he defends his team-mates as he did against Madrid, that he fights for the shirt and I think that if Diego Costa is at his best level he will be the best signing we have.”
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