Dwight Yorke
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Dwight Yorke: Diego Costa would succeed in the Premier League

Goalscorer: Costa celebrates last night's winner against Milan

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Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke believes Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa would be a success in the Premier League.

Costa's late goal gave Atletico a 1-0 win at Milan on Wednesday night in the Champions League final 16, further increasing his stock ahead of a mooted summer move.

Yorke, a Champions League winner in 1999, believes Costa has all the attributes to succeed in England.

He said: "I think he's got everything. He's the right build, he's got pace, he's got power, he can create.

"He has everything that a striker should possess and that's why Chelsea and everybody else are talking about him."

The Brazilian-born Costa netted a close-range header last night and Yorke praised the finish.

""[Diego Costa] has everything that a striker should possess and that's why Chelsea and everybody else are talking about him.""

Dwight Yorke

"He didn't have to do a lot but it was harder than it looks to get the power and beat the goalkeeper," Yorke said.

"It's all about the timing and he's got it spot on. He kept in there despite a quiet performance.

"This is his 27th goal in the calendar year and that's why all the European teams are talking about him. One moment of brilliance. That's the quality of the man."


Yorke also praised the impact of Atletico's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois - a loanee from Chelsea - after the young Belgian made a string of saves to deny Milan.

Yorke said: "[Milan] created a few chances and I'm sure [Clarence] Seedorf and the players would like to have converted. They weren't able to because of the outstanding goalkeeping from Courtois.

"I think that was the difference in the first half."

Milan's Adel Taarabt, a surprise January signing from QPR after a disappointing stint at Fulham, justified his place according to Yorke by adding energy to his usual flair.

"I think he worked extremely hard throughout," Yorke said. "He showed he's got aggression and determination in his game. I have no criticism for a player trying one or two things in the attacking third."

Uphill battle

Yorke concluded that Costa's winner meant Atletico "will be huge favourites" to progress after the second leg.

"This victory is enormous for them and a difficult one for Milan to overturn in the return leg.

"[Atletico] got an away goal and they've got everything in their favour."