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Diego Costa was a force for Chelsea during his three-year spell at the club, and his goals helped the Blues to two Premier League titles.

Since his feud with Antonio Conte, where the Italian told Costa via a text message that he won’t be needed for this season, many were worried how Chelsea would cope without the Spain international.

Chelsea then signed Alvaro Morata in a club record deal, and not many were convinced that the 24-year-old would effectively replace Costa as the main Chelsea striker.

However, the Spaniard has scored seven goals already for the Blues and Alan Shearer has hailed the impact the 24-year-old has had since making his Chelsea debut against Burnley, and Shearer believes no one is talking about Costa simply because of Morata.

Shearer told Coral: “Morata, is another one [player that’s impressed him].

“When foreign players come into our league, there’s always a question mark against them.

“Will they settle? Will they be able to handle the physical side? Will they be able to handle the pace of the game? ‘Cause it’s very different in the Premier League.

“I know he’s got an injury now but, up until last weekend, he’s had an excellent start.

“He’s looked strong, scored goals both with his head [and feet].

“There hasn’t been that much talk about Chelsea missing Diego Costa. And that will tell you how well Morata’s done.

“If he had come in and been poor, all the talk would have been about Costa. It’s just gone pretty quiet about Costa. That tells you how well Morata has done.”

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