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Since the departure of Diego Costa, Chelsea have signed three strikers to replace the Spaniard who made his mark in the Premier League in his three-year stay at Stamford Bridge.
Costa had to leave Chelsea after falling out with former boss Antonio Conte, with Conte telling him to leave the club via a text message.
Since Costa’s exit, Chelsea have gone on to sign Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud and Gonzalo Higuain, and none of the trio have been able to leave their mark on the team.
Higuain joined Chelsea in the January transfer window as he cut short his two-year loan deal with AC Milan, and the Argentine who did well at Napoli under Maurizio Sarri has struggled to bring that form to the Premier League.
Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has admitted he is frustrated at Chelsea’s choice of strikers, and cannot understand why his former club keeps buying target men, rather than strikers who can link up with their other attackers.
“Chelsea’s continual problems with their strikers get me so frustrated,” he wrote in The Times.
“They spent almost £100 million on Álvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud and have sold one and the other barely plays.
“Then they bring in Gonzalo Higuaín on loan and he looks so off the pace.
“None of these players suit the way Chelsea and head coach Maurizio Sarri want to play — they need an athletic striker who can play quick interchanges with Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro.
“It’s the reason Sarri so often reverts to playing Hazard centrally.
“Watching Higuaín against Manchester United yesterday, it didn’t seem that he had any kind of understanding with Hazard nor did he look like playing his natural game — getting in and around the box and looking for those one-touch chances.
“It’s a real issue for Chelsea.”