Antonio Conte could face a backlash from his loving fans after Chelsea –without Diego Costa in the team- started their Premier League title on a disastrous note losing 3-2 at home to Burnley with Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas giving their marching orders.
Club-record signing Alvaro Morata was introduced in the second half to salvage the situation but the damage has been done as Burnley claimed an important three points.
Conte had told Costa he was no longer needed at the club and the Italian manager brought in his compatriot Morata as his replacement but the question remains will the former Real Madrid forward have the same immediate impact Costa had on Chelsea?
Unarguably, Diego Costa was instrumental to Chelsea clinching the Premier League titles twice in the last three seasons under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte respectively.
He topped their scoring charts in each of his three seasons at the club but Conte decided to axe him from the club after the pair fell out in January and a big money move to the Chinese Super League was blocked.
Although there is the saying that no player is bigger than the club, some players are, however, catalysts for winning trophies and Costa is one. The loss of Costa and Matic has already depleted the squad and some of the players are also not happy with the present situation of things at the club.
Even though Conte appeared to have made his final decision, he should consider bringing Costa back for the following three reasons:
The Premier League Experience
Costa wasted no time in proving his attacking prowess as he scored ni goals in his first seven league matches for Chelsea back in 2014. And three years on he already knows where the nets are in the English top-flight. His goals have won more points than any other player in the Premier League. Unlike Morata who is still trying to adapt to the physicality and demands of the Premier League. And with Eden Hazard and Pedro injured, Cahill and Fabregas out for their next match against Tottenham, Conte need someone of Costa ability in the team.
Competition for Morata
Costa spearheaded Chelsea attack with no competition from last summer signing Michy Batshuayi, but with the addition of Champions League football to their fixture list this season, Conte needs more options upfront and Batshuayi has not proved he is able to provide the necessary competition for Morata Costa should come in that regar
There will be times Conte may need to switch from his usual 3-4-3 formation to 3-5-2 and having the duo of Morata and Costa in attack might give defenders some headaches. Besides, can Morata spearhead Chelsea attack consistently like Costa?