Diego Costa has had a good innings at Chelsea but it is now the right time for both parties to part ways. There is too much bad blood between Costa and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and an unhealthy relationship between the manager and his players is the last thing that Chelsea need right now.
Remember what happened near the end of Jose Mourinho’s second stint at the helm? That simply cannot happen again…
Instead, Chelsea must focus on Alvaro Morata. The Blues paid a club record fee of around £70 million to sign the Spain international from Real Madrid and Conte will be expecting big things from him in the coming months.
Chelsea fell short against Burnley on the opening weekend but Morata was perhaps the one shining light in what was a woeful performance as the Spaniard bagged a goal and assisted David Luiz for Chelsea’s second.
For the most part of the summer, most Chelsea supporters were under the assumption that Romelu Lukaku would return to Stamford Bridge ahead of the new Premier League season but the Belgium striker decided to sign for Manchester United instead.
By the token, Morata looked destined to move to Old Trafford but ended up signing for Chelsea – and you could argue that the Blues ended up with the better deal.
Because although Lukaku has the advantage of Premier League experience, Morata appears to be a much better fit for Conte’s system. To play for Chelsea, you need to be prepared to work hard and Morata brings vibrant energy to the side.
Not only that but his goal scoring record, considering he was playing backup to the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale at Real Madrid, is excellent. With 103 goals in 271 competitive appearances throughout his career, Morata is a natural finisher and he will flourish once Eden Hazard and Pedro return from injury.
The Blues may have lost to Burnley on the opening weekend but it would be foolish to read too much into that defeat – Conte’s side ended up with nine men after an ill-disciplined performance. We will learn much more about Chelsea in the next month or so…
Plenty of punters will be backing the Blues to respond quickly and the defending champions will be quietly confident of retaining their title.
Oddschecker writers tipped Chelsea to beat Burnley without conceding on the opening weekend but the Blues will feature prominently in their tips over the course of the campaign – and rightly so. Let’s not get too carried away just yet, we are only one game into the new Premier League season after all.
Chelsea fans, don’t hit the panic buttons just yet. Conte is an excellent manager and the Blues are still in with a solid chance of winning the title once again.
With a number of players set to return in the coming weeks, Morata may explode into life and he could challenge for the Premier League Golden Boot. Costa led the line superbly for some time but it is now Morata’s time to take over the mantle.