Alvaro Morata began the season as a crucial Chelsea player. He was the first choice forward at Stamford Bridge last term, and he’s since proven – in fits and starts – that he’s got the talents the lead the line.
However, it’s fair to say that inconsistency has plagued his tenure in London. He impressed early on last season, but his form quickly fell apart, and fast forward to today, and the Spaniard is no longer a player that can be relied upon.
His significance within the squad at Stamford Bridge has often gone up and down, but it’s fair to say that at present, his importance to the team is at an all-time low.
Indeed, you could even argue that he’s never been closer to a Chelsea exit before.
His form has been poor recently, and that’s a key reason as to why he’s closing in on a Chelsea exit. He’s scored goals – 5 of them in the league, in fact – but that doesn’t mean that he’s played well. It’s no good having one great game every month. The lack of consistency has been a real problem, whilst his link-up play and general lack of quality both on and off the ball has been concerning for Chelsea too.
Significantly, though, the one thing that was keeping Morata above water at Stamford Bridge previously was a lack of options. Olivier Giroud has been struggling for goals, and Morata was the Blues’ only other forward. However, in recent weeks, Maurizio Sarri has opted to utilise Eden Hazard as a false-9 through the middle, and it’s worked brilliantly against both Brighton and Man City. Previously, these are games in which Morata would have been front and centre; but not this time.
The simple fact of the matter is that Morata is no longer required at Chelsea, and as the Blues continue to perform well without him, that’s becoming more and more clear. It’s time for him to go, and the sooner the better.