Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in the summer transfer window, with the departure of Diego Costa looking almost certain at the time, the Spanish striker was picked by Conte. Morata came to Chelsea after bagging the Spanish league and the Champions League with Real Madrid. Morata was an understudy to Benzema during his second spell at the Santiago Bernabeu but Alvaro scored more goals than the French outcast coming from the bench. Sky sports pundit Jamie Carragher has compared the Chelsea number nine with great strikers like Fernando Torres and Crespo saying he has similar sort of build up to Torres. With a good start to his Chelsea Career many Chelsea fans were filled with anticipation as to what could come next from the in from Spaniard. Carragher even called Morata “top class” after his hat trick against Stoke City earlier in the season. However, Chelsea’s number 9 has dropped in form considerably and has struggled to get himself on the scoresheet with Giroud getting a look in to the starting XI in recent weeks.
Morata has played a total of 29 matches this season in the Premier league and has four the back of the net 11 times, making him Chelsea’s second top goalscorer, with Eden Hazard leading the line. The Spaniard is also second in Chelsea’s assist leaderboards making a total of 6 to date. When comparing him to Chelsea’s ex striker Lukaku, it is clear to see Morata has had a tough season, scoring 5 less goals and one less assist. Alvaro has also struggled with the discipline side of his game and has the more yellow cards then any other squad member this season. As well as being caught off side an embarrassing 27 times.
Alvaro Morata is only 25 and remains one of the best strikers in the Premier League even though he may not have lived up to his billings. The Blues will be hopeful they will witness Morata at his best next season after settling into the Premier League this current campaign. It took the likes of Thierry Henry, one of the premier leagues all time top scorers a couple of seasons to start performing at his highest. The French legend also had a poor debut season but he was able to bounce back and go down in history. Let’s hope for the same with Chelsea’s current number 9.