Pundit warns Antonio Conte: No Chelsea signing can replace this player

Kevin Campbell has described Chelsea striker Diego Costa as "irreplaceable"

Chelsea would find it impossible to earmark a signing capable of replacing Diego Costa, according to Kevin Campbell.

The Chelsea forward has been in the headline over the past fortnight after the Spain international missed the west London side’s 3-0 win over defending Premier League champions Leicester City.

Costa was reported to have fallen out with manager Antonio Conte amid talk of a £400,000-a-week contract offer from China, although the Italian head coach cited a back injury as the reason for the striker’s absence.

The former Atletico Madrid striker scored Chelsea’s opening goal in their 2-0 win against Hull City on Sunday afternoon to take his tally to 15 in the 2016-17 season so far.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ about whether Chelsea would be able to replace Costa, ex-Arsenal striker Campbell said:

“I don’t think there is anyone who could replace him. He is the ultimate warrior for Chelsea. He comes back in the team. He scores goals. He is a threat. He is irreplaceable right now.

“If you did replace him, you’d have to change the way you play. Not only can he hold the ball up, he can play in behind. He has super pace. There aren’t many players who can threaten behind and play with his back to goal.”

Chelsea are sitting eight points clear of second-placed Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.

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The Blues will make the trip to top-four rivals Liverpool in their next top-flight fixture on Tuesday 31 January.

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