The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern were delighted with their deadline day acquisition of Olivier Giroud from their Premier League rivals Arsenal.
Throughout the January window Chelsea were linked with various different strikers of questionable calibre which served to concern The Blues faithful propping up our bar in the tavern. However, after weeks of disbelief over their supposed transfer targets, the supporters were pleased to see a striker of genuine Premier League quality arrive at the club.
Chelsea secured a deal for Giroud on deadline day as part of a chain of events which saw Michy Batshuayi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang move to Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal respectively.
Batshuayi’s departure means that Giroud arrives at the club as Chelsea’s second-choice striker, but the Frenchman will be doing everything he can to change that with a place in Didier Deschamps’ World Cup squad firmly on his mind.
With that being said, it’s time for Alvaro Morata to rediscover his early season form at Chelsea and prove to Antonio Conte that he should remain the clubs first-choice striker. After enjoying an extremely positive opening to his life at Stamford Bridge, Morata has endured a torrid few weeks for the club in recent weeks and the Chelsea supporters have made their feelings known.
During his Chelsea career so far, Morata has scored 10 goals and provided 4 assists from 20 Premier League fixtures. However, 8 of those goals and all 4 of his assists arrived within his opening 12 fixtures – a statistic which clearly demonstrates how dramatically his form has tailed off in recent weeks.
Club record signing Morata’s first-team place has hardly been threatened despite his lack in form due to Conte’s distrust of Michy Batshuayi, but the Spaniards first-team place looks seriously under threat now that Giroud has moved to Stamford Bridge.
Managers have a tendency to back their news signings and play them as much as possible during the early stages of their career, so Morata simply has to move up a gear in the coming weeks if he wishes to retain his place over Giroud in Conte’s first-team.