Le Saux: What Chelsea summer signing does better than Costa

The Chelsea legend heaps praise on Blues summer signing Alvaro Morata

Chelsea duo Alvaro Morata and Davide Zappacosta Photo: Alvaro Morata/Instagram

Alvaro Morata’s ability to play on the shoulder of defenders is what makes the Chelsea signing different to Diego Costa, according to Graeme Le Saux.

The Blues striker moved to the defending Premier League champions in a £58m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.

Morata was drafted in to help replace Costa after the controversial striker secured a return to Atletico Madrid after three seasons at Stamford Bridge.

The 24-year-old has hit the ground running after eight goals and four assists in 12 games in the Premier League in the 2017-18 season so far.

The Spanish forward netted a second-half winner to secure a 1-0 win against bitter rivals Manchester United at Stamford Bridge last month.

Morata helped Chelsea to battle to a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield last weekend to extend their unbeaten run to five games in the Premier League.

Former Chelsea defender Le Saux is a big fan of Morata’s playing style.

“The way he plays on the shoulder is what makes him different to Costa,” Le Saux told NBC Sport.

“He plays on the shoulder. He will get in 6 times out of 10.”

Chelsea have won the Premier League title in two of the past three seasons.

The Blues finished seven points clear of their closest title challengers last term.

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