Ex-midfielder: Chelsea don’t need to worry about losing striker

Shaun Wright-Phillips isn't worried about Diego Costa leaving Chelsea given Alvaro Morata's effortless transition to the Premier League

Chelsea striker Diego Costa Photo: The Sport Review

Shaun Wright-Phillips has played down the significance of Diego Costa leaving Chelsea given Alvaro Morata’s impressive start to the season.

The defending Premier League champions signed the 24-year-old centre-forward in a £58m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.

The Blues striker has already scored six times in seven games in the Premier League this season to effortlessly fill Costa’s void in Chelsea’s team.

The controversial striker finally sealed a move to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid last month following months of speculation linking the Brazilian-born forward with a move back to Spain.

Morata was forced off with an injury during the first half of Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to title rivals Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

Former Chelsea midfielder Wright-Phillips urged Blues supporters not to worry about Costa’s departure with Morata scoring goals for fun in the Blues team.

““It’s lovely to see,” said Wright-Phillips, speaking exclusively to 888sport.

“He’s quick and he has an endeavour to get in the box when the ball goes in there. I’m enjoying watching Morata. He’s assuring Chelsea fans that they have nothing to worry about Costa leaving.”

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season thanks to Costa’s haul of 20 goals in the 2016-17 season.

The Blues have won the top-flight crown in two of the past three campaigns thanks in part to the Spanish striker’s impressive performances.

Conte signed six players in the summer transfer window.

Read the full 888sport interview with Shaun Wright-Phillips, including his thoughts on who the greatest ever Premier League striker is

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