Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has backed exceptional Romelu Lukaku to replace Diego Costa at Chelsea this summer.

According to various reports, Diego Costa is set to leave Chelsea for China at the end of the season. Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku are on Conte’s shortlist to replace Costa, should the Spaniard leave this summer.

“Well let’s not forget he used to be at Stamford Bridge and he’s been at a lot of clubs on loan because he needs games and playing time,” Hasselbaink told Premier League Daily.

“He’s been to West Brom on loan and he’s been at Everton and he’s done exceptionally well. Exceptional.

“Everton paid, at the time, a lot of money for him but because he has developed that well, nowadays for players of his stature, you pay that kind of money and if you want to have a goalscorer in your team at 24-years-old, you have to pay.

“I think he has matured, that’s for sure but if you compare Costa and Lukaku, they’re very similar. If you compare him to Kane, they are totally different.

“The way that Chelsea are playing, he is, along with [Alvaro] Morata, the player you are going to look at to take over from Costa.

“Is he [Lukaku] as good as Costa? I think they are very close. They are very similar, he’s not as temperamental but he does lead the line and I think he is still going to become better.

“With all due respect to Everton, if he does go to Chelsea, he will play with better players, so he is going to get better as well.

“Yes the pressure is going to be on him, the shirt will be heavier and only certain kinds of players can handle that and he will have to show that he can.

“But what he has done for Everton, Chapeau, very, very, very well done.”

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