Former Chelsea player Carlton Cole believes Alvaro Morata will make a big impact on the Premier League and is good enough to replace Diego Costa.
It is evident how Morata has adapted to the Premier League. So far the Spaniard has scored eight goals and it seems like he has got his knack back after a goal drought of six games.
A product of Chelsea’s academy, Carlton Cole has been watching every Chelsea game closely and has analysed the game of Morata and Costa. Both of the players offer a different dimension of threat to the defenders and it is difficult to compare the two. However, Cole believes Morata has lived up to the hype of his transfer and compared his goal against Stoke to Hernan Crespo’s goal in the Champions League final.
“Morata is bringing something different to the table to Costa”
“Morata is very different to Diego Costa,” Cole told Goal. “Costa was a troublemaker on the field, he had scandal about him. You look at him and you think, this guy wants trouble, footballing wise, or he wanted to get in the defender’s head.
“With Morata, you just have to look in his eyes. He is so determined when you look at him. When the camera is on his face, you see that this guy wants to do well. He wants to prove to people what he is all about and what he can bring to the game.”
“I was surprised to see his pace, I didn’t know he was that quick, great technique and his finishing skills are on point. The same as Harry Kane really. Kane is surprisingly quick. Morata’s goal against Stoke City was like that [Hernan] Crespo goal in the Champions League final with AC Milan against Liverpool.
“That chip and curl, what a goal. Morata did that the other day. People didn’t rate it as much as they should. I was like ‘wow, that guy has confidence’. It was amazing and you don’t see that every day. Morata is bringing something different to the table to Costa.
“Costa disrupted a whole team but Morata just does what he is supposed to do and he adapted quick. That’s a sign he is a good player. Chelsea put their money where their mouth is with the transfer fee to sign him, scouted him heavily.”