Diego Costa will miss Chelsea’s clash with Bournemouth on Boxing Day due to suspension. Who will replace Diego Costa when we play against Bournemouth?
According to Chelsea Legend Pat Nevin, Batshuayi, Solanke, Pedro, Hazard, Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ivanovic and Fabregas can all replace Diego Costa.
Writing in Chelsea’s official website, Nevin gave his reasons for each selection. Check them out below
1. MICHY BATSHUAYI
“Michy Batshuayi the clear favourite to get the nod. He certainly needs a chance to play in our first team at match pace for 90 minutes, to show everyone why we spent the money on him and why we believe in his talent.”
2. DOMINIC SOLANKE
“There is of course young Dominic Solanke as a similar-styled player to put in there.”
3 & 4. PEDRO AND EDEN HAZARD
“Remember the likes of Pedro and Eden Hazard are capable of playing through the middle and terrorising big defenders. Both have done it before and both would absolutely relish the opportunity.”
5. VICTOR MOSES
“Maybe Conte will have found out that Victor Moses has the ability to do that central role as well. It would not surprise me in the slightest.”
6. CESAR AZPILICUETA
“Obviously Cesar Azpilicueta could play as a centre-forward because he clearly can play absolutely anywhere with no discernible impact on the quality of his output!”
7. BRANISLAV IVANOVIC
“I will leave Branislav Ivanovic out of this discussion as I have yet to find many who agree with me that he could be a perfectly good striker. His movement in the box from crosses is fantastic, his finishing is extremely good too and I suspect he might just be able to hold the ball up quite well also. When I say this to people they usually give me a funny look but although he is a 100/1 outsider, I would love to see it, though it might just crush Michy’s confidence if he was overlooked for Brana.”
8. CESC FABREGAS
“I am not even to go down the road of Cesc [Fabregas] playing the false number nine, something he has done before but suffice to say there are a few options available to Antonio.”
Which player would you want to see fill in for suspended Diego Costa?