Former Chelsea player Joe Cole has weighed in on the side’s search for a possible replacement for Diego Costa who could be leaving the club after the ‘text message from Conte’ drama.
Cole believes that Everton hitman Romelu Lukaku would fit in perfectly and be the best replacement for Costa compared to Alvaro Morata.
Both Lukaku and Morata have been the subject of speculations, with different clubs, one of which is Chelsea looking to swoop in once they get the green light.
According to Cole. the Premier League champions should take very seriously a knowledge of the league into consideration when shopping for a Costa replacement.
“Obviously the Costa thing has come out,” Cole told Goal.
“Conte has told him that he wants him out so you would be looking at a striker. Lukaku, there’s a market for him, and you are competing for players. I like Lukaku. I’d take Lukaku, he is like for like with Costa, but they only need one or two players and just keep the continuity going.
Asked whether the pressure of making a comeback could affect Lukaku, Cole added: “I don’t know his character so it is hard to say, but I would say is that the pressure is different when you play for Chelsea, rather than Everton. He is younger [than Costa], that’s in his favour.”