Antonio Conte urged to sign star striker despite ‘brilliant’ Alvaro Morata deal

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Antonio Conte should sign another striker before the window closes despite the arrival of Alvaro Morata at Chelsea.

Spain international Morata completed a move to Stamford Bridge last month worth £70million and opened his account for the Blues in the 3-2 defeat to Burnley.

Hasselbaink, who spent four years at Chelsea, scoring 70 goals in 136 league games, believes Morata is a ‘brilliant’ striker but still reckons Conte could do with another goalscorer in his ranks.

‘They still need reinforcements in a few areas,’ Hasselbaink told Sky Sports when asked about his former side and the summer transfer window.

‘You can’t replace [Diego] Costa, they have Morata but I do feel they need one more.

Hasselbaink, who spent four years at Chelsea, scoring 70 goals in 136 league games, believes Morata is a ‘brilliant’ striker but still reckons Conte could do with another goalscorer in his ranks.

‘They still need reinforcements in a few areas,’ Hasselbaink told Sky Sports when asked about his former side and the summer transfer window.

‘You can’t replace [Diego] Costa, they have Morata but I do feel they need one more.

‘Morata will be a brilliant signing – he’s played for big clubs before like Juventus and Real Madrid, so he knows what’s expected of him and how to handle the pressure.

‘His movement is magnificent and I am sure he will score goals for Chelsea.
‘But you cannot forget how Costa used to play, making trouble with defenders and unsettling them. When he was facing the goal he was one of the very best.’

Conte brought Morata to the English capital after telling Costa by text that he no longer featured in his plans.

The 28-year-old scored over 20 goals last term, helping the club win the league and reach the FA Cup final, but Hasselbaink insists he was a ‘difficult character’ to keep happy.

‘Diego was magnificent for Chelsea, you see how he leads the line, his presence. He just fights. That has helped Chelsea,’ the 45-year-old added.

‘On the other hand we know for a manager he can be a difficult character that you have to manage. Conte sees the future of Chelsea without Costa and that is his prerogative.’

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