Alvaro Morata
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In a week that saw Diego Costa finally set sail for Madrid, Chelsea fans were left saddened as one of the greatest strikers in the club’s history departed.

Costa’s influence in both the 2014/15 and 2016/17 title-winning campaigns was immeasurable. The deterioration of his relationship with Antonio Conte was unfortunate, but that’s the past, we have to look forward.

Chelsea have a light at the end of the tunnel – a beaming, bright light. His name is Alvaro Morata.

There were question marks prior to his arrival at the club whether he would be able to singlehandedly carry the goal burden for the Blues. Those questions have been swiftly answered.

Morata has found the back of the net six times in his opening six Premier League games, including a superb hat-trick against Stoke City on Saturday afternoon. Costa is merely a distant memory.

The London Evening Standard quoted Morata in August claiming that he needed to make an ‘explosion’ to establish himself among the world elite. He is well on his way to doing that.

If you missed Morata’s first Chelsea hat-trick, you can see all three goals be clicking on these links: Goal 1, Goal 2, Goal 3.

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