7 players who needed no time to adjust to their new clubs
They say that the ability of humans to adapt to new environments and situations holds the key to our success. In this 21st-century rat race of a world, it often comes down to not only how well you adapt to your new surroundings, but also how quickly you do it as well.The human mind is a peculiar thing; what it accepts, it completely absorbs or what it otherwise repels like the same side of magnets. Being in a new country takes more than just living there; one must actually feel the surroundings in order to quickly settle in it. Some do it diligently while others linger in a limbo. It isn’t any different in terms of football.The life of footballers also can be traced along the same trajectory as some are able to cope with the new surroundings, the new system, the heightened expectations and the heightened pressure to perform. Every year, thousands of players switch clubs and try to make a name for themselves. Some instantly adapt, some don’t. This piece will focus on the ones that take to their new clubs like a fish takes to water and here are seven such fishes.
#1 Diego Costa at Chelsea
Despite boasting a fantastic striker like Didier Drogba in their history books, Chelsea is commonly referred to as the club that is the graveyard for forwards. Great players like Andriy Shevchenko, Fernando Torres, Adrian Mutu, Andre Schurrle etc were all disappointing in their endeavors with the club and it is of no wonder why people anticipated the same when Diego Costa was signed by them from Atletico Madrid.
However, he completely shattered those expectancies with his blazing impact with the London club.
With a goal in his debut, he announced his arrival in style. While many discarded it as a fluke, he scored in each of his next three games, with a hattrick at the end to make it 7 goals in his first four competitive games for Chelsea, becoming the fastest player to reach that figure.
Being unfortunate with recurring injuries meant that he couldn’t put his maximum impact, but nevertheless, he ended up with 20 goals in just 26 Premier League games in his first season—a testament to his outstanding start with the Blues.