'Costa fights all the time!' - Rondon hails inspirational Chelsea striker

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The Blues' Spanish forward has scored 57 goals for the club since joining in 2014, and has been hailed by his Premier League counterpart

Diego Costa's no-nonsense style may irk some but the Chelsea striker has a big fan in fellow Premier League forward Salomon Rondon.

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Costa is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with his markers to try and get an advantage, a philosophy that has paid dividends with 57 goals since moving to Stamford Bridge.

And his approach has not gone unnoticed by Rondon, who continues to impress for West Brom, top-scoring for the Baggies with eight this season.

Speaking to Omnisport, Rondon said: "Diego Costa fights all of the time!

"He's a striker, amazing player.

"I saw his movements, I saw his finishing, I always learn about the movements of other strikers."

And Costa is not the only Chelsea striker Rondon takes inspiration from, as club legend Didier Drogba - scorer of 170 goals in 389 appearances in all competitions - is also an idol for the 27-year-old.

He added: "Someone I liked to watch is Drogba. Didier Drogba was an amazing striker when he was at Chelsea. 

"But now, my style, maybe [Christian] Benteke. He's a tall, strong player. But I always watch other strikers."

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