EFL go­ing live on­line


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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.