MX23RW : Friday, January 18 08:18:05

Ray Wilkins: 'Diego Costa better option than Alvaro Morata'

Wilkins: 'Costa better option than Morata'
© SilverHub
Former Chelsea player and coach Ray Wilkins insists that, while Alvaro Morata is "a better footballer" than Diego Costa, the latter is a better option for Antonio Conte.

Ray Wilkins has questioned Chelsea boss Antonio Conte's decision to leave Diego Costa in the cold, insisting that the former Atletico Madrid striker remains a better option than replacement Alvaro Morata.

The Brazilian-born Spain international has been absent since the end of last season after revealing that manager Conte sent him a text telling him he was no longer required.

Costa remains contracted to Chelsea until at least January, when he could be given an exit route back to Atletico, and Wilkins believes that the two men should bury the hatchet in order to bolster the Blues' title hopes.

"I see a better footballer in Morata - better control, movement and probably quicker," he told Sky Sports News. "But when I look at the beast in Costa... he upsets people. I'd much rather have Costa than Morata.

"Why [Chelsea] haven't got both, I don't know. He should be at Stamford Bridge and then Chelsea would have a proper strike force. I just can't see why Costa is still in Brazil, playing five-a-side football on a beach with his mates."

Morata, brought in from Real Madrid for a club-record fee in the summer, has scored three goals in five league outings so far.


Click here for more stories about Ray Wilkins

Click here for more stories about Chelsea

Share this article now:
Antonio Conte cleans his face during the Premier League game between Stoke City and Chelsea on March 18, 2017
Read Next:
Wilkins "worried" about Chelsea's season
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in 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