Jamie Redknapp: This Chelsea FC transfer hasn’t worked, selling Diego Costa was a mistake
The former Tottenham midfielder criticises Chelsea FC's decision to sell Diego Costa and sign Alvaro Morata
Jamie Redknapp has suggested that Chelsea FC’s decision to sell Diego Costa and sign Alvaro Morata has backfired this season.
The controversial Spain international scored 20 times in Chelsea FC’s title-winning campaign under Antonio Conte in the 2016-17 term.
Costa shared a fracticious relationship with the Italian coach which led to the Spain international’s departure to Atletico Madrid back in September.
Chelsea FC spent a club-record £58m transfer fee on Real Madrid striker Morata to bolster their attacking options in the summer transfer window.
Morata hit the ground running in the opening months of the season but the Chelsea FC summer signing has struggled in December and January.
Indeed, the 24-year-old hasn’t scored in his last seven appearances in all competitions to force Chelsea FC to sign Olivier Giroud in a £21m deal last month.
Former Tottenham captain Redknapp believes Chelsea FC were wrong to offload Costa and bring in Morata as his replacement.
“That leads on to Diego Costa and what a loss he’s been for Chelsea this season,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “You don’t want to keep harping on about what you haven’t got but they do miss him.
“The trade, selling him and bringing in Alvaro Morata, hasn’t really worked.
“Costa was an animal for Chelsea. He typified what they were about: he was horrible, nasty to play against but also a winner and a very good player.”
Chelsea FC are 20 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City ahead of their trip to Watford on Monday night.
The defending champions won the title with two games to spare last season thanks in part to Costa’s vital goals.
The Blues signed Giroud, Ross Barkley and Emerson Palmieri in the January transfer window.