After a lacklustre performance in the Community Shield last weekend by Alvaro Morata, it is time Chelsea look at their other options for their season opener at Huddersfield tomorrow.
After initially impressing following his £60m signing from Real Madrid, Morata’s performances fell off the pace towards the end of the last season, resulting in him missing a World Cup place. If last weekend’s performance is anything to go by, he doesn’t look like he has improved over the summer.
Morata only managed one touch in Man City’s box during the weekend’s loss, as he continues to look weak and unable to make any impression on the game. Sarri’s patience must be wearing thin with him already.
Teenager Callum Hudson-Odoi was given the nod last weekend, and while he looks to be one for the future, he probably won’t be given a chance in the Premier League so early on in Chelsea’s campaign. But Morata’s poor form does open the door for Tammy Abraham to make an impression at the club. The English striker came on for the closing 20 minutes against Man City and looked dangerous at times.
After spending last season on loan at Swansea, Abraham will be hoping to make an early impact to avoid being carted off to another team this season.
Furthermore, Michy Batshuayi’s absence in the Community Shield could suggest that the Belgian will be rested for the opening games of the season after a long World Cup, or may possibly be loaned out again. This ultimately opens the door for Abraham to take his chance.
Chelsea have had a tough time replacing Diego Costa. Morata has proved to be off the pace and nowhere near as physically imposing. Abraham has the opportunity to prove he is the man the fill the gap left by Costa, and he can prove that tomorrow.