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Three reasons Chelsea may regret selling Diego Costa

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Defending English Premier League Champions, Chelsea had on Thursday accepted an offer from Atletico Madrid estimated at £58m for their controversial striker Diego Costa who has since travelled to spain to finalize the contract.

Though Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte, has replaced the Brazilian with Alvaro Morata who has had a successful spell so far since joining, with a hattrick added to his goal tally over the weekend, here are reasons why we believe Chelsea may regret selling Diego Costa:

Early Statistics

When we compare the statistics of Diego Costa at the early stage of his Chelsea career with that of Morata, one will realize that Costa had a better impact than Morata. According to Opta stats:

Only Diego Costa (8) had more goals/assists in his first six PL games for Chelsea than Alvaro Morata (4 goals, 2 assists)

Transition Process

The transition between Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata was not smooth and it is believed that it could have been done better. Usually when a potential replacement from another league is being signed for a player that isn’t committed to leave, one would have expected Conte to retain Costa in his side just in case it takes time for Morata to adapt to the Premier league style of play. He could have chosen to alternate between both strikers.

Player Antics

Diego Costa’s antics on the pitch such as bullying and frustrating defenders will be missed by Chelsea, though it might have been dirty but it is known to have yielded positive results for the blues during their premier league success last season. Morata seems to lack this as he seems to be a classy player. Also, Morata appears to thrive on the air and he does better with crosses but Diego Costa can take on players better with his foot.

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