No player at Chelsea has generated more chatter over the last year than Alvaro Morata. After a big-money move from Real Madrid, he was expected to become the Diego Costa-replacement that Chelsea so desperately needed, but it didn’t quite work out like that.
He started well, but he quickly fell off the wagon, and he’s struggled for goals and general form for months now. However, the 2018/19 season is still only young, and there is more than enough time for him to turn it around and take his game to the next level.
The Spaniard clearly has incredible natural talent, and it’s up to him and Maurizio Sarri to make best use of it. But what exactly should Chelsea fans be wanting or expecting from him this season?
Well, after a year of settling in, big expectations will be on his shoulders – and whether or not his season is a success will likely go down to a few aspects of his game.
With that said, would this be the dream 18/19 season for Morata at Chelsea?
20 Goal Haul
Unfortunately for Alvaro Morata, and for strikes more generally, they are only ever judged on one parameter – goals. In Morata’s case, he’s found them particularly hard to come by over the last 9 months.
Despite making a stunning start to life in England, the Spaniard quickly fell off the pace, and since the start of 2018, he’s failed to be as lethal as we all know he can be. He’s bagged just 1 goal so far this season, and that comes off the back of months of mediocrity from the Spaniard.
Naturally, then, he needs to improve that. The goal he scored against Arsenal was a huge one both for him and his club, but now he needs to take that to the next level. You get the feeling that if he can score 2 or 3 goals in quick succession, then he could fire on and take the league by storm.
Anything less than 20 league goals would be considered a disappointment for the Spaniard, you’d expect.
Links up with Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard is Chelsea’s best player, and if Alvaro Morata can finally get firing alongside the Belgian, the results could be deadly. A top attacking partnership has, over the years, been the difference between a good team and a great team. Even at Chelsea, combinations between Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink or Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard have defined generations in the past – and the Blues have lacked that as of late.
In Hazard, then, Morata could find his Lampard. He’s a player that can make magic out of nothing, and his range of passing and the quality of his dribbling has the potential to give Morata opportunities that he genuinely wouldn’t get anywhere else.
It’s important, then, that the pair strike up a relationship – as the results could be huge for all involved.