Stats suggest Diego Costa is Premier League’s most valuable player

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Diego Costa reached a personal milestone on Tuesday night as the Chelsea striker passed 50 Premier League goals with a brace in the 4-2 victory over Southampton.

After being dropped to the bench for the FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham, Costa came back with a bang – his second goal in particular was brilliant to watch.

But it was with his first – a header from Cesc Fabregas’ cross – which brought up half a century of goals in England’s top flight.

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Arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2014, the 28-year-old’s time in west London has certainly not been without its controversy, with the Spain international developing a reputation as the league’s best pantomime villain.

Plus, there was the reported fallout with Jose Mourinho last season and the tension with Antonio Conte after Costa was linked with a January move to the Chinese Super League.

But throughout all of this, Costa has also maintained his reputation as a reliable goalscorer, and his stats remain among the best in the Premier League.

Most impressively, his goals have won more points than any other player in the division.

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Costa’s Premier League record

Appearances: 85
Goals: 51
Assists 15

– Eighth fastest player to reach the landmark in Premier League history.

– Only Andy Cole (65 games), Alan Shearer (66),  Ruud van Nistelrooy (68), Fernando Torres (72), Sergio Aguero (81), Kevin Phillips (83) and Thierry Henry (83) were quicker to 50 goals.

– Costa took one game less than Luis Suarez to reach 50 goals.

– Costa’s 19 Premier League goals this season have been worth 15 points – more than any other player in the division.

Premier League’s top scorers since 2014-15

Aguero 67
Kane 66
Lukaku 52
Costa 51
Sanchez 48

Goals per game since 2014-15

Aguero – 0.75
Kane – 0.69
Costa – 0.6
Sanchez – 0.5
Lukaku – 0.49

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