Davide Zappacosta has not settled in quite as quickly as some Chelsea fans might have liked following his £23m deadline day signing from Torino back in August but it seems he is providing his teammates with a few laughs.
The Italian was expected to provide competition for Victor Moses in the right wingback slot this season but he has made just nine starts in the league this season, compared to the Nigerian international’s 17 as Zappacosta has served largely as a back up.
It is fair to say that fans have been somewhat underwhelmed by his contribution to the Blues’ title defence as he adjusts to life in England and if that wasn’t bad enough, the 25-year-old now finds himself subject to some expert trolling by Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.
In one post, the Spanish star has completely ruined Zappacosta’s image by comparing him to Lion King star Timon on Instagram.
We’d be lying if we said it was something we’d thought about ourselves but now it’s all we are going to be able to see when we look at Zappacosta from now on.
It’s like the first time you realised that David Luiz was basically Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons or that Troy Deeney looks like Drake.
That said, it is probably better for a professional footballer to resemble the lean figure of Timon rather than his hefty sidekick Pumba – not that we imagine that will be much of a consolation to the Italian.
If Zappacosta is anything like his doppelganger, we’re sure he won’t worry too much. In fact, maybe this is just Morata’s way of trying to get Chelsea fans to begin singing “Hakuna Morata” at Stamford Bridge.
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