Chelsea fans slam Conte’s decision to replace Costa with Morata

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata once again struggled to make an impact in his side’s goalless draw against Arsenal in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night, and Blues fans have slammed manager Antonio Conte for selling Diego Costa and then signing his fellow Spaniard in the summer.

Soon after the end of last season it was reported that Conte had text Costa to let him know that he wasn’t part of his plans for the current campaign, and the Premier League holders signed Morata from Real Madrid as Costa returned to Spain to join former club Atletico Madrid.

The 25-year-old has scored 12 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions for the west London outfit this term, but he is failing to make the same impression and be as much of a nuisance for defenders like Costa was, and his disappointing showing against the Gunners followed another poor one against the same opposition at the end of 2017, when he missed three one-on-one chances in a 2-2 draw.

Chelsea supporters were quick to have their say on the summer decision by Conte via social media, and while one said it is “more ridiculous every day”, another said “I can’t understand why we replaced a great striker with an average one”.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…