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Alvaro Morata became the 17th different [irp posts=”7027″ name=”Alvaro Morata follows Eden Hazard’s orders to help Chelsea thrash Stoke City”]Chelsea player to score a Premier League hat-trick for the club this afternoon in the 4-0 win at Stoke City.

With the Blues confirming this week that Diego Costa is closing in on a return to Atletico Madrid, many have questioned if Morata is truly the man to replace him up front.

Morata hit back at his doubters in style with a superbly-taken treble at the bet365 Stadium, and his heroics have Chelsea closing in on an Arsenal record.

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With 17 different hat-trick scorers since the Premier League began in 1992/93, Chelsea are now only two behind Arsenal, who lead the way with 19 different hat-trick heroes.

Chelsea’s first hat-trick since Costa netted three times against Swansea City at the start of the 2014/15 season, with the departing Spaniard arguably not quite showing the finishing touch of a truly world class centre-forward during his Stamford Bridge career.

Costa’s highest tally in the Premier League was only 20, putting him nine behind eventual Golden Boot winner Harry Kane last season.

Chelsea’s Premier League hat-trick scorers

Gavin Peacock (vs Middlesbrough, 1995/96)Mark Hughes (vs Leeds United, 1995/96)

Gianluca Vialli (vs Barnsley, 1997/98)

Gianfranco Zola (vs Derby County, 1997/98)

Tore Andre Flo (vs Tottenham, 1997/98)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (vs Coventry, 2000/01)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (vs Tottenham, 2001/02)

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (vs Wolves, 2003/04)

Eidur Gudjohnsen (vs Blackburn, 2004/05)

Didier Drogba (vs Watford, 2006/07)

Frank Lampard (vs Derby County, 2007/08)

Nicolas Anelka (vs Sunderland, 2008/09)

Frank Lampard (vs Aston Villa, 2009/10)

Salomon Kalou (vs Stoke City, 2009/10)

Didier Drogba (vs Wigan, 2009/10)

Didier Drogba (vs West Brom, 2010/11)

Frank Lampard (vs Bolton, 2011/12)

Fernando Torres (vs Queens Park Rangers, 2011/12)

Samuel Eto’o (vs Manchester United, 2013/14)

Eden Hazard (vs Newcastle, 2013/14)

Andre Schurrle (vs Fulham, 2013/14)

Diego Costa (vs Swansea City, 2014/15)

Alvaro Morata (vs Stoke City, 2017/18)

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