Chelsea great Gianfranco Zola believes Antonio Conte made the wrong decision replacing Diego Costa with Alvaro Morata, reports the Metro.
This is despite Morata’s lightning start to his time at the Blues scoring seven goals in eight games so far this season, including the equaliser in the 2-1 win against Costa’s new team Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
However, the Italian is still not convinced that the 24-year-old is the suitable replacement for Costa even though he believes his former club were right to sell the combative striker.
Zola is quoted by the Metro saying:
“He has been with Juventus and Real Madrid, big teams, but didn’t play regularly and I want to find out why. And this year I think I’m going to get the answers.”
Both players have been battling for a place in the regular Spain team over the last few years, but Zola thinks that Costa, aged 28, is at a higher level than Morata, as the Metro reports:
“On the temporal level Morata is not on the same level as Costa. Technically he is a great player, he obviously has a lot of qualities, good in the air, good feet.”
Costa left us on a bad note in what was a great spell in his time here but the deal worked out well for all parties involved as Atletico paid £57m, a similar fee we spent on Morata from their local rivals Real.