Player Highlight: Alvaro Morata vs Diego Costa

Antonio Conte must lick his lips every time Alvaro Morata finds the back of the net for Chelsea. Even in this day and age it’s hard to justify spending close to $100 million on a player but when he scores six goals in his first six league matches you have every right to argue it. The Spaniard netted his first hatrick in the Premier League during Chelsea’s 4-0 romp over Stoke City, however is he outpacing the recently demoted Diego Costa? 

The signing of Morata was a tad funny, because he wasn’t the Blues’ first choice, in fact he was almost a rebound target after they missed out on Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United. With that precedent set we bet Conte is absolutely ecstatic with the way it eventually played out, because Morata has been growing and looking more and more lethal with each passing game, none more so than his display against the Potters.

  • Six matches
  • Six goals
  • 20 shots
  • Eight on target
  • Two assists
  • Six chances created
  • Five fouls won
  • Three take-ons
  • 11 aerial duels won

Morata has also chipped in defensively when need be making six clearances and two blocks.

Diego Costa was welcomed to Chelsea with open arms and a plethora of hype and excitement. The Brazilian-born Spaniard was already a world class goal scorer for Atletico Madrid having scored 43 goals in four years for the Spanish club, and he already had the stocky build that suited the physicality of Premier League football. He certainly didn’t disappoint, and Chelsea got a great deal of value out of him.

  • Six matches
  • Eight goals
  • 33 shots
  • 19 on target
  • Zero assists
  • Nine chances created
  • Three fouls won
  • 20 take-ons
  • 10 aerial duels

So despite Morata’s strong start it does appear Diego Costa was faster out of the blocks, scoring more goals, and having more shots at goal, as well as having a lot more take-ons than his compatriot. However, although Morata has created less chances he has produced more already chalking up two assists, to Costa’s zero.

Chelsea don’t exactly have the best of luck when it comes to big name strikers. While Didier Drogba will go down as a club legend the likes of Andriy Shevchenko, Hernan Crespo, and Fernando Torres have all flopped and it appears Costa is heading that way as well, so Chelsea fans should be wary not to get attached too early. But in the meantime they can just enjoy the form their striker is in.

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