By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Paul Scholes has claimed Diego Costa cannot complain about being axed because his form has not been good enough.
The controversial Chelsea striker was involved in another bust-up with Jose Mourinho on Sunday when he threw his bib at the manager after being told to stay on the substitute’s bench as the team drew 0-0 at Tottenham.
This came in the wake of Costa’s half-time tunnel row with Mourinho during Chelsea’s 4-0 win at Maccabi Tel-Aviv in midweek.
The Spain international has scored just four goals this season, and only seven in total since January of this year.
Manchester United legend Scholes said Costa was no in a position to moan about being left out of the team.
“I don’t know what his problem is,” Scholes told BT Sport on Sunday afternoon. “It’s not as if he’s scoring goals and playing well. It’s no surprise that he’s not in the team.
“I don’t think his form warranted him playing. Alright, give him the last 15 to 20 minutes. From the start? He has not been good enough.”
Despite Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy being unavailable, Mourinho demoted Costa to the bench and Eden Hazard was chose to spearhead the attacked.
It was the first time the Brazilian-born forward had been left out for form reasons since he joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2014.
“It’s pretty obvious that they’ve had a falling out,” Scholes told BT Sport. We know he’s a very good centre-forward, he’s at his best when he’s fighting, when he’s arguing, when he’s kicking, but when he’s not scoring goals with that, it stands out.
“He’d cause a row in an empty house. But if the goals aren’t coming with that, it just looks stupid. It’s a lack of effort.”