Alvaro Morata has had a tough spell at Chelsea. He impressed towards the start of his first season in England, but he quickly went off the boil, and over the last 9 months or so, the Spaniard has really failed to deliver.
That’s a major worry for the Blues, as it seems unlikely that they’ll be able to compete at the highest level without a forward that is going to score goals regularly.
It’s a cut-throat game at the highest level, and with every passing week, Alvaro Morata’s chances of making it at Chelsea seem to be dwindling. However, Morata could find hope in the form of one of his Chelsea teammates.
Ross Barkley knows exactly what it’s like to go through a struggle and come out the other side. He spent the best part of a year on the shelf with an injury whilst at Everton and beyond, and his move to Chelsea in January did little to change his fortunes.
Whenever he was seen in a Chelsea shirt he looked poor, and it began to make fans wonder why they had even signed him in the first place. Both Barkley and Morata are good players – but they were down on their luck, out of fitness and out of form.
However, whilst Morata has yet to shake the cobwebs, Barkley has gone from strength to strength. He’s already contributed 3 goals and 3 assists in the league this season, and he’s emerging as one of Maurizio Sarri’s best players. Some Chelsea fans likely would have been happy for the club to give up on him over the summer, but Barkley is now repaying the faith that the club and his manager have shown on him.
The point being, then, that it’s not too late for Morata. He’s at a club that is often patient with struggling players, and he’s playing for a manager that has been able to get the best out of so many individuals. Barkley’s return to prominence offers hope for Chelsea’s flailing forward, as if Ross can get past his problems – anyone can.