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.

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.

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