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CHELSEA’S critics were at it again on Deadline Day. Never mind that boss Antonio Conte had proved them wrong before by turning Marcos Alonso, Victor Moses and David Luiz into title winners. Having lost out to Manchester City over Kyle Walker and Danilo then Serge Aurier to Spurs, there were concerns that Chelsea had turned to another C-lister from the tray marked ‘alternatives’. Then the smoke signals filtered over from Italy where Davide Zappacosta (left) had established himself as an impressive crosser. He was being derided said Torino fans, because he was unknown over here, but would prove himself given time.
Zappacosta needed just half an hour here before they were singing his name from the Matthew Harding Stand.
He won’t care whether you think his stunning goal was a cross or a shot.
He will be too busy savouring the euphoria of having the Bridge on its feet toasting a corker on his full debut.
Ironically enough there are no frills about the 25-year-old. He keeps it simple, is strong in the tackle and intelligent with his distribution. Conte looks to have made another inspiring signing to reinforce his champions.
It will be interesting whether he will revert to Moses or stick with the Italian against stronger sides. But for now, he will be delighted by what he has seen.
WHAT A SCREAMER Davide Zappacosta roars with delight after scoring for Chelsea last night