Alvaro Morata scores sensational hat-trick and convinces fans there really is life after Diego Costa
Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 on Saturday.
Morata, the club-record signing bought to replace Costa, was on the scoresheet again early on before Pedro extended the lead on the half-hour mark.
He completed his hat-trick in the 82nd minute when Azpilicueta and Cesc Fabregas combined to lay on a tap-in and seal a fourth win in five Premier League matches for Conte’s team.
And football fans, particularly Chelsea supporters, are liking what they see.
MORATA!!!!!!!! WHO NEEDS COSTA ANYWAY!!!— Malaysia-Soljabiru (@oisoljabiru) September 23, 2017
Alvaro Morata is simply sensational. The man doesn't even look like he tries. He looks like he was just born to score. Amazing player.— Dami (@TheChelseaWay) September 23, 2017
Morata leaving the stadium pic.twitter.com/EPIWVHgFbB— Michyholic (@MichyhoIic) September 23, 2017
Diego who? 👀— Sky Sports PL (@SkySportsPL) September 23, 2017
Alvaro Morata scores Chelsea's first Premier League hat-trick since Diego Costa's against Swansea in September 2014. ⚽️⚽️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ujePEiPZzw
Alvaro Morata has now scored as many Premier League hat-tricks for Chelsea (1) as Diego Costa.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 23, 2017
The perfect replacement. 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/lMQeZaQVUJ
Even Gary Lineker joined in to share his opinion.
Who needs Costa? 2 cracking finishes from Morata. Read a lot of rubbish about him after one below par performance last week.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 23, 2017
Relations between Costa and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte began to deteriorate in January when the striker reportedly had his head turned by a big-money offer from the Chinese Super League, which soon evaporated.
It was further strained over the summer with the player – having initially been granted an additional summer break after being told he could leave the club – ending up in exile in Brazil.
But on Thursday a deal was agreed for Costa to return to his former club Atletico Madrid and that move should be finalised next week.