Chelsea Opinion: Blues should cash in on Morata before it’s too late
According to a recent report by Marca, Chelsea’s record outfield signing Alvaro Morata has expressed his desire to stay at Atletico Madrid beyond the end of his current loan tenure. He has said that he’d like to spend the rest of his playing years in the Spanish capital.
While he is officially still a Chelsea player, his intentions have been made clear over the last week.
Morata was a product of the renowned Real Madrid Castilla academy and he worked extremely hard to make his way up through the ranks and into the first-team picture at the Santiago Bernebau.
He was mostly used as a utility player during his first stint at Madrid but he showed enough quality during his opportunities to earn himself a move to Juventus in the summer of 2014.
Having spent 2 years in Turin and secured an impressive return of 27 goals and 19 assists from 93 games, he was re-signed by Real Madrid in 2016 with a view of promoting him to the first-choice striker’s role.
His return to Real Madrid didn’t allow him to pick up where he left off and eventually, he was gracing the bench at the Bernebau yet again.
His second spell at Real didn’t last very long though. Within a year, he was signed up by Chelsea for a monstrous fee. Although some saw this move as a potential game-changer for the Blues, things didn’t go quite as planned for the Spaniard.
He struggled to settle into life in the Premier League and ended up spending most of his playing time on the turf due to the physical nature of the football.
Within a few games, it was clear to see that the Spaniard didn’t have the physical attributes to showcase his full potential in what is arguably the most aggressive league in the world. The runs and movement that worked so well in Spain and Italy seemed completely futile against the stock English centre-half.
Since making his £60m move to Chelsea, the Spaniard only managed to score 24 goals in 72 appearances and in the Premier League, a return like that just isn’t acceptable from the first-choice striker at one of the biggest clubs in the country.
His attitude and body language made him seem like a player who wants out at the earliest and midway through the last season, he was sent out on an 18-month loan to Atletico Madrid.
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His year and a half in London were abysmal, to say the least, and the Blues will do well to sell him in the upcoming transfer window. His recent statements will only motivate the Blues further on this regard.
Morata is definitely not a Premier League striker, as he doesn’t have the physical presence to apply himself in tight situations. And a striker like that is not the right man for an ambitious club like Chelsea.