Diego Costa will be ‘put to the test at Wolves in his own mini pre-season’ after signing a one-year contract… as the Spanish striker looks to build his fitness for his FIRST game of 2022 against Manchester City
- Diego Costa gets his own ‘mini pre-season’ regimen of fitness training
- The Spaniard arrived at Wolves after not playing competitive football in 2022
- He joins Wolves after the club successfully appealed a work permit rejection
Diego Costa will have little time to enjoy his recent arrival at Wolves as he will be sent off into his own mini pre-season following his return to English football.
The Brazilian-born Spanish striker will be announced as a Wolves player in the coming days, having signed a one-year deal with the club, but he will undergo his own fitness training to be brought up to speed.
Though he has yet to play in competitive football in 2022 after he left Brazilian champions Atletico Mineiro in January, Costa could be lining up on September 17 to start his first game against Manchester City.
Diego Costa is going to have his own mini preseason at Wolves to get up to speed
The two-time Premier League winner joins a side that has struggled at times this season to get the ball into the back of the net, with just three goals in six games and just one win in that time.
Experienced midfielder Joao Moutinho, who has been with the club for four years, added that the club is training to improve their finishing, saying: “We think we play good football, we create chances, but sometimes we haven’t scored. That’s one of the things we need to improve.
“That’s what we train for every day, try to be better or improve our finish, improve everything in our game – and try to bring that into the game.
Costa has two Premier League titles to his name, both of which he won during his Chelsea days
“We know it’s difficult at times, but we’ll keep going and do our best to get the wins for us and for our supporters.”
Joao Moutinho revealed goal-shy Wolves have focused on finishing in training
The former Chelsea frontman has been granted a work permit after his appeal was upheld, with the FA originally deciding to reject his application after failing to meet the required points quota.
He will wear the number 29 shirt for the Premier League side and hope to regain his best form, scoring 52 goals in 93 appearances in 2014/17.
And while the 33-year-old may not be the same prolific goalscorer as he was during his last stint in England, he will likely have a chance against Manchester City to show he can pressure Raul Jimenez for a starting role.
And Wolves fans will be delighted to see the club sign a striker after Sasa Kalajdzic suffered an unfortunate ACL injury in the summer on his debut against Southampton in what turned out to be Wolves’ only win of the season.
Austria international Kalajdzic had joined on August 31 for £16.2 million but will now miss most of the season due to the knee injury.
Sasa Kalajdzic suffered a serious knee injury in his first game after signing for £16.2 million