Despite Diego Costa’s temperament and his antics since a massive money offer from China turned his head, the Spain international still has a lot of supporters, especially with summer signing Alvaro Morata yet to find his feet.
Former Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce believes Chelsea will miss Costa and says the club could be making a mistake in letting him go.
“No one bullies players like Costa, I think it’s a massive gamble by Chelsea letting him leave the club,” Pearce said on Sky Sports.
“He’s the catalyst that makes (Eden) Hazard work behind him, to make Pedro work behind him.
“It’s a massive gamble; I can’t see them retaining the title on the back of it.
“I hope Morata hits the ground running, but there’s always that thing in the back of your mind that when players come to England to play sometimes it takes a while to settle in.
“Some can’t hack it here and have to head back, I’m not sure if that’s the case here, but Costa is ideally suited to English football.
“Too many questions are coming out of Chelsea at the moment, and a little unease.
“Last year they were fortunate: no real injuries to the squad throughout the season and they did fantastically well.
“I think they’ve got a bigger challenge this season to retain it.”