Chelsea’s once-record signing Alvaro Morata was brought into the club under much hype and fan craze.
The striker who had formerly played for European giants like Real Madrid and Juventus was thought to be the natural successor to Diego Costa. Although their style of plays and personalities were completely different, Chelsea expected their record buy to deliver pretty much what Costa did; goals.
After 72 games for the Blues, Morata has scored a paltry 24 goals for the Blues. The stats look even more horrific when it’s accounted that Morata scored his first 10 goals in just under 15 games.
For a second, even if we look away from the stats, Morata still lacks the x-factor to be the number nine for a big European team. Not all strikers can be measured by goals, some have the ability to bring others into play, hold the ball, take on defenders to free his teammates. Morata unfortunately for Chelsea has none of these qualities in abundance.
While his injuries has indeed been an obstacle, one cannot ignore the fact that Morata simply has not done enough to demand a starting place. His continued appearance in the Chelsea line-up is down to the lack of quality forwards at the club rather than the player’s form.
It will not be insane to assume that should Chelsea get a decent offer to move him on, the Blues might just consider cutting their losses on a player who has proven to fragile to cut it in the English league.