Morata Answers His Critics And Why Costa Won’t Be Missed

It’s been a big week for Chelsea Football Club as the Diego Costa saga finally looks to be coming to an end. I won’t go into the whole episode as it’s dragged on for some time now and most Chelsea fans are pleased that it is coming to an end

Diego played a huge part in securing two League titles in three years and for that I, like most blues fans will be eternally grateful. However, it’s been obvious he doesn’t want to be at Stamford Bridge and his petulance was often his Achilles heel as well as being what made him his snarling best at times.  so it’s ‘Adios Amigo’ and best of luck.

Now there’s a new kid on the block…Alvaro Morata. The fellow spaniard has made a decent start for Chelsea with 3 goals in his opening 5 games in the Premier League. Following the Costa sale many pundits and experts asked the question as to the whether the former Real Madrid man could emulate his predecessor? It was also noticeable that he had scored all 3 goals with his head. 

Well, yesterday at Stoke City’s Bet 365 Stadium he answered those uncertainties with a display that even the staunch Morata backers wouldn’t have expected. A fine hatrick that showed his finishing ability is of the highest order and all 3 with his feet I must add. It brings his total for the season to 6 in 6 games and shows he has settled into the Stamford Bridge fold perfectly.

Costa gave passion and power and some will argue the Brazilian born striker is a better finisher. Morata on the other hand still needs to adjust to the physical nature of the Premier League. He’s a very different player to Costa and if I had to liken him to anybody, it would be another famous Spanish striker who donned the number 9 shirt at Stamford Bridge… Fernando Torres. Now before you shout “What you on about?” Despite the obvious link, I’m talking more about the Torres that graced Anfield. Pace and a great finishing ability as shown by Alvaro’s 2nd goal yesterday.

It’s still early days as to whether Morata will turn out to be a prize asset and a suitable replacement, but for now it looks a great bit of business as reports suggest Chelsea are making around £58m on the sale of Costa. Which is pretty much the down payment made for Morata. Add-ons being subject to his success could make the fee rise to £70m. So potentially the blues have sold a player 4 years older and replaced him with a fresh young player full of experience but still with plenty of potential who could lead the line for a good few years to come at potentially the paultry difference of £12m. A great bit of business and well done to the powers that be at Stamford Bridge for not giving in to the reported demands of Costa and the fees offered by Atletico.

What do you think… Will Morata prove to be a great bit of business and a perfect replacement? 

Comment below with your thoughts…

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10 Players Currently Without A Club…. 


It’s incredible to think that after all the excitement of the transfer window that here we are a whole two weeks later and there are still some well known names without a club. 

Whether it’s wage demands, environment, fitness or simply a lack of interest that is stopping them finding a club is anyone’s guess. 

Here is a list of players who surely should have a contract and a pen being thrust in front of them soon enough…..

1. Joleon Lescott

Joleon has recently turned 35, but surely his wealth of experience from his days at Wolves, Everton and Manchester City will see him earn a deal somewhere soon. Capped 26 times for England, he was most recently at Sunderland.

2.Guiseppe Rossi

The 30 year old American born Italian started at Manchester United having come through the youth ranks at Old Trafford. Although he didn’t become a permanent fixture, he did go on to star for Villareal as well as a spell at Fiorentina. Short loans spells back in Spain are yet to secure him a permanent deal. He does boast 30 caps for Italy.

3. Rickie Lambert

Having made his name in the football league. The Liverpool born hitman first came into the public eye after impressing for Southampton. A dream move to his home town club was short lived. But he has enjoyed spells at West Brom and Cardiff since. Lambert also gained 11 England caps.

4. Jose Antonio Reyes

 The 34 year old has bags of experience and success under his belt as he lists Sevilla (twice) Arsenal, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Benfica and more recently  Espanyol as former clubs. 21 caps adds to the Spaniards glowing CV.

5. Abou Diaby

 Now 31, the former Arsenal midfielder has spent the last 2 years back in his homeland with Marseille

6. Mathieu Flamini



 The Frenchman has enjoyed a fruitful career that’s included 2 spells in North London with Arsenal, separated by 5 years at AC Milan. He spent last year at Crystal Palace but found appearances hard to come by.

7. Shay Given

The Irishman is now 41 and will not have a lot of time left in him as a professional. But goalkeepers do tend to have a more prolonged career in comparison to outfield players. Shay has a lot of experience to call on having made his name at Newcastle. He went on to experience success at Man City and enjoyed other spells in the top flight with Aston Villa and Stoke City. In addition he was capped no fewer than 134 times by the Republic of Ireland.

8. Joe Ledley

The 30 year old Welsh international midfielder has recently been released by Crystal Palace. Capped 73 times, the former Cardiff man has plenty left in him to continue to play at the top level.

9. Jay Spearing

 The former Liverpool man is still only 28 and having most recently been at Bolton Wanderers he will surely find a club at a similar level soon after failing to agree terms on a new deal.

10. Matty Fryatt

 Now 31 the striker has plenty of experience in England’s top 2 divisions after spells with Leicester City, Hull City and Nottingham Forest. 134 career goals suggests he could still do a job in the football league.

So would you like to see any of these players plying their trade at your club? 

Comment below on your thoughts…


It Might Cost You, Diego!

Diego Costa is certainly an acquired taste amongst football fans. There is no doubt he scores goals and that’s exactly what you want from a striker. 

This summer has certainly been a dramatic one for the Brazilian born hitman after the Antonio Conte text allegations. His self-imposed extended holiday in his motherland hasn’t done him any favours at all. His fitness has suffered and his relationship with Chelsea soured further. 

His time at the blues has at times been filled with controversy due to his style. His no nonsense firey approach has split opinion, but would you want him any other way? It’s what makes him the player he is after all. 

His desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid has been evident for some time and isn’t a secret to fans down at SW6. He has continually flirted with a return to Spain and a move looked likely on deadline day.. However an agreement failed to ultimately be found between the clubs as Chelsea were reported holding out for £50m. Surely in the current market that is a snip despite Conte not wanting him anymore. 

Some will argue that the Chelsea boss was in the wrong after the text message, but I must say with Costa’s form I’m not surprised by the Italians decision. The fallout in January over a move to China was only the latest instalment in the Diego Costa saga at the time.

So what next for the adopted Spaniard. Will he get his dream reunion with Diego Simone? Well, January is obviously now the earliest he can make his desired move back to the Spanish capital. In the meantime he has looked likely to remain on Chelsea’s payroll until then. However rumours this morning are suggesting a possible move to Turkish giants Fenerbache. Media outlets in that part of the world are reporting a loan deal until the next window with his parent club paying 75% of his wages. Being a World Cup year it’s imperative that he gets games under his belt. Having been dropped for the recent qualifiers it could well be a struggle anyway. Do Chelsea owe him that privilege? No they don’t. His other options are simple really. Apologise to the blues hierarchy and fight for his place? Unlikely as Conte seems certain he doesn’t want Costa to return. That leaves him possibly training alone or with the youth team for the next 4 month’s. The final option is of course a move to Turkey, whose transfer window slams shut tomorrow.

So Diego, your behaviour may cost you a World Cup place. It’s over to you Mr Costa. Only time will tell.

What do you think would be his best option?

What are your thoughts on the whole saga?

It Might Cost You, Diego!

Diego Costa is certainly an acquired taste amongst football fans. There is no doubt he scores goals and that’s exactly what you want from a striker. 

This summer has certainly been a dramatic one for the Brazilian born hitman after the Antonio Conte text allegations. His self-imposed extended holiday in his motherland hasn’t done him any favours at all. His fitness has suffered and his relationship with Chelsea soured further. 

His time at the blues has at times been filled with controversy due to his style. His no nonsense firey approach has split opinion, but would you want him any other way? It’s what makes him the player he is after all. 

His desire to rejoin former club Atletico Madrid has been evident for some time and isn’t a secret to fans down at SW6. He has continually flirted with a return to Spain and a move looked likely on deadline day.. However an agreement failed to ultimately be found between the clubs as Chelsea were reported holding out for £50m. Surely in the current market that is a snip despite Conte not wanting him anymore. 

Some will argue that the Chelsea boss was in the wrong after the text message, but I must say with Costa’s form I’m not surprised by the Italians decision. The fallout in January over a move to China was only the latest instalment in the Diego Costa saga at the time.

So what next for the adopted Spaniard. Will he get his dream reunion with Diego Simone? Well, January is obviously now the earliest he can make his desired move back to the Spanish capital. In the meantime he has looked likely to remain on Chelsea’s payroll until then. However rumours this morning are suggesting a possible move to Turkish giants Fenerbache. Media outlets in that part of the world are reporting a loan deal until the next window with his parent club paying 75% of his wages. Being a World Cup year it’s imperative that he gets games under his belt. Having been dropped for the recent qualifiers it could well be a struggle anyway. Do Chelsea owe him that privilege? No they don’t. His other options are simple really. Apologise to the blues hierarchy and fight for his place? Unlikely as Conte seems certain he doesn’t want Costa to return. That leaves him possibly training alone or with the youth team for the next 4 month’s. The final option is of course a move to Turkey, whose transfer window slams shut tomorrow.

So Diego, your behaviour may cost you a World Cup place. It’s over to you Mr Costa. Only time will tell.

What do you think would be his best option?

What are your thoughts on the whole saga?