Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes Blues summer signing Alvaro Morata is a step up technically from Diego Costa, the man he’s expected to replace up front.
The Spain international’s club-record move from Real Madrid was confirmed earlier this week after lengthy speculation, and his arrival is likely to push Costa’s move to Atletico Madrid along.
Despite some fine form for Chelsea in his three seasons at the club, Costa has never truly settled in London and was also told by Antonio Conte that he was no longer in his plans at the end of last season.
Cascarino admits the change up front will affect how Conte’s side play next season, as Morata is not as much of a physical presence or battler up front.
He does, however, think the 24-year-old is a more technically gifted player and will add a new dimension with that side of his game.
‘I think it’s a great addition to the Chelsea team,’ Cascarino told ITV.
‘I think he’s more skillful than Costa. Costa bullied a lot. He would get players to fight things out. I think technically he’s better.
‘He will give a different style to Chelsea.’
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Morata scored 20 goals for Real Madrid last season despite never managing to establish himself as a regular starter in Zinedine Zidane’s side.
Conte has long been a fan of the player, having initially signed him for Juventus in 2014 shortly before leaving the club to take charge of the Italian national team.