Phil Neville: 'Diego Costa better suited to English game than Alvaro Morata'

Neville: 'I prefer Costa to Morata'
© SilverHub
Departing Chelsea striker Diego Costa is better suited to the Premier League than Alvaro Morata, according to Phil Neville.

Phil Neville has claimed that Diego Costa is better suited to the English game than Alvaro Morata, the 28-year-old's replacement at Chelsea.

The Blues announced on Thursday that a deal has been agreed for Costa to rejoin Atletico Madrid, with the striker now set to have a medical in the Spanish capital and discuss personal terms with his former club.

Costa refused to return to Chelsea this summer following a row with manager Antonio Conte, instead remaining in Brazil in the hope of linking up again with the La Liga side, and as a result, the Blues signed Morata for a club-record fee.

Despite the 24-year-old Spaniard's promising start to Premier League life, scoring three goals in his first five games, Neville still prefers Costa to Morata.

The former Manchester United and England defender told Sky Sports News: "I would rather have Costa than Morata in my team at this moment in time, to be honest with you. I think he is better suited to the English game.

"Morata is different, he thrives off crosses. Costa you can stick him up there on his own, he will take on the whole of the back four, from the left back to the right back to the centre-back. He will try and bully them all.

"Whereas Morata is a little bit more cute in his movements, he thrives a little bit more on crosses, he keeps it pretty simple outside the box. But the minute he comes into the box, I actually think he is a better finisher than Costa.

"But if you were asking me as a central defender, I would hate to play against Diego Costa, I really would. And Morata is someone who is good in the air, but he has not got that nasty character and streak that Costa has got."

Costa scored 59 goals in 120 games for Chelsea and helped the West Londoners to two Premier League titles.

Share this article now:
Diego Costa eats his medal during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Sunderland on May 21, 2017
Read Next:
Wilkins questions decision to let Costa leave
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27233179205972
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27175551193256
3Liverpool27159361313054
4Chelsea27165649232653
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs27157552242852
6Arsenal27136851361545
7Burnley279992124-336
8Leicester CityLeicester2798103940-135
9Everton2797113246-1434
10Bournemouth2787123141-1031
11Watford2786133747-1030
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham2779113446-1230
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2777132536-1128
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton27610112236-1428
15Crystal Palace2769122542-1727
16Swansea CitySwansea2776142037-1727
17Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2776142347-2427
18Southampton27511112840-1226
19Stoke CityStoke2767142753-2625
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27311132140-1920
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand