Alvaro Morata admits he considered leaving Chelsea in the summer after a ‘disastrous’ first season in the Premier League.
The Spanish Striker only joined Chelsea last summer from Real Madrid for a fee of around £60 million and has already considered leaving Chelsea only after one season, is that the mentality a 60-Million-pound player should have?
Morata initially impressed at Stamford Bridge in the first half of last season under Antonio Conte, scoring eight goals in his first nine appearances for the blues, including his first goal on his debut as a sub against Burnley at Home when Chelsea ended up losing that game 2-3.
But his contributions soon fell away after his impressive start. The 25-year-old scored just three goals in 22 games in 2018 and lost his place to January signing Olivier Giroud Last season.
And Morata has admitted that his first season at Chelsea turned into a ‘disaster’ as the season went on and that led to him considering leaving the club.
‘Last year I was not happy, everything was a disaster- I went onto the pitch and did not know where I was,’ the Spain International said.
‘Leaving Chelsea? I considered Playing in Spain again and going back to Italy but now I have stayed here and need to bounce back.’
There were many factors that convinced Morata to stay at Chelsea including; Maurizio Sarri who held talks with Morata before the start of the season and told him that he was a vital part in his plans this season. Another factor that convinced him to stay was Marina Granovskaia (Director of Chelsea) who still sees a future for the Spanish international at Stamford Bridge. The last factor was his family, as his wife has recently given birth to twins and they are starting to settle down in London so moving away from London may unsettle his family at this point.
Morata has recently been called up by Luis Enrique to the Spanish squad to play games in the UEFA Nations League against England and Croatia during the international break. He will see it as a chance to impress Luis Enrique and stake a long-term spot in the Spanish national team after being disappointed that he was left out of the Spanish Squad for the 2018 World cup in Russia.
But to impress Luis Enrique and stake his place in the Spanish squad, alongside impressing him in these national team games, he will need to improve his premier league form this season by scoring more goals. Morata so far this season has scored 1 goal in his first 4 Premier League games for Chelsea.
So, the question remains, can Morata score more goals this season in the Premier League to revitalize his Chelsea career and his Spain career for the national team? And can he show Chelsea fans that he is the man to fill the boots of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba by being the lethal striker that Chelsea fans crave? Or will he end up being a Chelsea flop and leaving at the end of the season?
By Danyal Khan