Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea in a controversial transfer saga in which Romelu Lukaku joined Manchester United where for a while it looked like their destinations were going to be the other way round. However, at the time despite a high transfer fee of £59 Million with add ons that could reach £75 Million it still looked like we had a signed a quality striker.
Morata had scored in a Champions League final for Juventus and in the season prior to joining us he scored 15 goals in 14 La Liga starts whilst only winning less points for Real Madrid than Cristiano Ronaldo as Los Blancos won La Liga and the Champions League. Coming to Chelsea Alvaro Morata had won five domestic cups, four league titles, two Champions Leagues, a Club World Cup, Uefa Super Cup as well as two European Titles for the Spain youth setup. He was only 24…
Despite a missed penalty in the community shield vs Arsenal, Morata’s Chelsea career got off to an exceptional start netting ten league goals by the turn of the year including that memorable winner vs Manchester United on November 5th.
Morata was considered by many to be performing as the third best striker in the Premier League only behind Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero plus he was becoming widely known for his heading ability, finishing the 2017/18 season with seven headed goals of which six came in 2017. Unfortunately though, it was at the turn of the year where things went downhill and never truly recovered.
A sending off in the FA Cup followed by an injury rather set back Morata’s season. He did score in his 8th game after returning from injury and also in the following match which was against Tottenham in the Premier League and fans were starting to believe again but only one more goal followed all season in a disappointing end for him. He finished the season with 11 Premier League goals and four across cup competitions as Chelsea missed out on the Champions League but won the FA Cup.
Despite this, Chelsea fans remembered the Morata from the start of the season and with attacking coach Maurizio Sarri coming in there was the feeling that maybe Morata could kick start his Chelsea career again.
Ideally I would be writing of how Morata has recovered his form and is into double digits in the league but unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be and an exit is looking ever nearer for Alvaro.
He has shown brief glimpses of quality but overall the performances have been a disappointment. Despite scoring nine goals in all competitions there has only been one game this season where Morata truly looked in place which was the game where he scored a brace in a 3-1 win vs Crystal Palace. Continuous offsides, bad decision making, going to the ground easily and woeful finishing really have let Morata down this year and as he appears to be third choice striker behind Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud maybe it is time to say goodbye to Alvaro.
I really wanted Morata to succeed here and wish him best for the future but it seems Chelsea are seriously scouting strikers and Morata was left out of the squad for the recent game vs Newcastle. There is also rumoured interest in him from Bayern Munich, Sevilla, Barcelona and Milan with it appearing Gonazalo Higuain will join Chelsea this month.
It is a sad story as it all started so well but all good things must come to an end and in this case the end was very soon. Thank you Alvaro and good luck, but it appears it is time for a new era at the club.
By Joe Martin
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