After shipping him out to Atletico Madrid on an 18-month loan deal, Chelsea fans everywhere will be asking themselves what they ever saw in Alvaro Morata. The 26-year-old was a total failure at Stamford Bridge with a return of 24 goals in 72 games. However, he’s hit the ground running at Atletico Madrid and may be set for a career revival.
In hindsight, a player like Morata was always going to struggle in the Premier League. The Spaniard has never shone when being the main focal point of the team he’s in. Chelsea proved just that as everything was funnelled into the 26-year-old as a lone striker and he proved a flop, yet with Real Madrid and Juventus, his goal return was healthier as he stood on the periphery.
Obviously, in his days at Real Madrid, the £45 million-rated striker, as valued on Transfermarkt, has much less expectation to perform whilst playing with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. When he scored it was a bonus, and it was never the Spaniard bearing the brunt of the blame when goals weren’t going in, yet at Stamford Bridge, he didn’t have this protection from the club’s stars.
The same situation looks to be developing at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. With Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa, no one is waiting for Morata to be the man dragging the side up and grabbing games by the scruff of the neck. We’re still early days into his loan spell, but with three goals and an assist in his first six appearances for La Liga’s 2nd placed side, things are looking bright.
If the rest of the season can continue the way it’s started for Morata and he can keep scoring goals and having an impact in a less competitive slower-paced league then his Premier League pain may well have been forgotten by the time he returns to Stamford Bridge. By that point, the Blues are desperately hoping that Atletico will be convinced by Morata, who will still only be 27-years-old, and will be prepared to fork out a fee similar to or even greater than the £60 million they spent on the dud.
At the moment, we’re early days into Morata’s return to his native Spain so it’s yet to be seen how he gets on over a long period of time. Whenever the Spanish international has gone he’s failed to record incredible goalscoring numbers, but if he can shine in a rigid Diego Simeone system then there is no reason why he can’t make a permanent move and gain Chelsea some sort of profit.
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