Diego Costa can replace Didier Drogba at Chelsea says Cascarino

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Diego Costa can finally fill the void left by Didier Drogba at Chelsea, claims former Blues star Tony Cascarino.

The Brazilian-born striker reportedly passed a medical ahead of a £32m transfer from Atletico Madrid to the west London club.

Costa will arrive at Stamford Bridge on the back of a stellar season that saw him score 27-goals in La Liga, finishing only one goal behind Lionel Messi and Cascarino believes he has all the tools to become the new Drogba.

He told talkSPORT: "It’s a great acquisition for Chelsea. 

"You only have to look at the relationship between Drogba and Frank Lampard in Jose Mourinho’s most successful team. You see a forward who could hold the ball up and create things. That then helps the midfielder get goals.

"Chelsea haven’t had a relationship like that since.

“Demba Ba does it OK but he doesn't do it to the level Jose Mourinho wants. Costa will give him that.”

The Ivory Coast international is somewhat of a cult figure at Stamford Bridge having scored 157 goals in 341 games. The most famous of those goals was his last, coming in the dying minutes of the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

He went on to score the winning penalty in the shootout, securing his place in Chelsea folklore.

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