If you sought after a pleasant lad to marry your daughter, he will be the ideally suited candidate, Antonio Conte reckons.
As for that Diego Costa – now not so certain. But Mark Hughes is lacking the Spaniard already.
As Costa left Chelsea via the aspect go out on Thursday, with £67million coming the opposite direction to seal his dream transfer again to Atletico Madrid, his alternative Morata now turns into the golden boy of Chelsea, the nice hope.
With 4 objectives from six video games already, the £65m guy from Real Madrid seems to be settling in properly. But Hughes, whose Stoke aspect face Chelsea on the Wager365 Stadium nowadays, reckons they’re going to pass over a few of Costa’s darkish arts.
But Conte, the person who advised Costa via textual content he was once now not sought after this 12 months, has no doubts in his thoughts who he would like to identify up entrance.
“Alvaro is a really good guy. If you had a daughter you’d be open to have this type of person with her, to marry her. A really good guy, a polite person,” he mentioned.
“I like Alvaro because he’s a complete player – he’s very committed, his behaviour is always fantastic. He’s a good finisher, he feels the goal in every moment, he’s very good at understanding which is the best position in the box to receive the ball, to understand where the ball is going.”
Conte did admit the 24-year-outdated would possibly want to in finding a little bit extra of that gunslinger aggression that Costa used to finally end up opposition defences all over his 3 years in English soccer.
“This is a process for Alvaro,” Conte mentioned. “When I talk about room for growth it additionally approach this facet, to be competitive.
“But for Alvaro it is the precise second to be the striker in a super staff. He is on the proper age to have this accountability. He is a just right participant, a whole participant, technically robust, a just right chief, and simplest 24.”
Hughes has the same opinion that aggression, used accurately, is a potent weapon.
“If you look at Costa, he was brilliant at taking it up to the edge, then stepping back – and it affected opposition teams,” mentioned Hughes.
“Maybe they haven’t reasonably were given that skill with regards to getting the darkish arts proper on spec. I used to revel in gazing Costa play, as a result of he had an edge to him, and the response of alternative gamers to him was once actually fascinating.
“That’s a ability in itself. You can take it proper to the road after which step again and get people into hassle as a result of they haven’t were given that ability to forestall the place they will have to do. He was once nice at it and that’s why I love gazing him play.”
Conte admitted he’s going to shake Costa’s hand if the 2 meet when, with a scrumptious irony, Chelsea trip to Atletico Madrid for his or her subsequent Champions League Group C conflict on Wednesday within the Spanish capital. “I would have no problem with that,” he mentioned.