Former Blues ace Ken Monkou has revealed his disappointment at Chelsea’s poor season especially since the turn of 2018 where Antonio Conte’s men have only picked up twelve points in the league.
Monkou who played for Chelsea between 1989 and 1992 says Chelsea striking problem is the major reason for the team’s struggles.
According to Monkou, Chelsea failed to replace the enigmatic Diego Costa. Monkou believes Alvaro Morata doesn’t have the same presence as the maverick Brazil-born Spain international.
He told the People: “Of course Chelsea have Eden Hazard, Willian, N’Golo Kante and Pedro, who are all top quality players.
“But in someone like Diego Costa you have a player who is an unknown quantity.
“Simply by being in the team his sheer presence will be a problem for opponents.
“When he played, Costa deflected attention away from teammates like Hazard and Willian.
“He often occupied two or three players because you simply couldn’t take the risk of leaving him alone.
“Having someone like that leading the attack is a huge boost for the rest of the players and since he left to go back to Atletico Madrid, Chelsea haven’t had that kind of figurehead – and they have missed him.
“Alvaro Morata has come in and I do like him as a player.
“He’s got plenty of qualities, especially in the air where he is very strong.
“But Morata doesn’t have that same air of menace this season that Costa gave Chelsea… they haven’t carried the same threat without him.”