Player Profile : Alvaro Morata

After much speculation regarding the future of Alvaro Morata, the Spaniard was unveiled by Chelsea as their new No. 9. He is not only reunited with his Spanish team mates, Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta, but also with manager Antonio Conte who coached him at Juventus.

Morata polarizes opinions among fans, with the optimists looking at his unbelievable statistics of being involved in a goal in less than every 90 minutes, but the pessimists argue that those goals, especially for Real Madrid, were with all due respect against weaker teams, and sometimes when Madrid were cruising with a few goals in the bag. What Morata has shown, though, is his big game acumen with goals for Juventus in the semi finals and against a host of big teams.

From a tactical standpoint, Morata will lead the line for Chelsea, and with his link-up and hold-up play, he can bring some more of Chelsea’s star men into the game, like Eden Hazard and Pedro.

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(Photo Source : Sky Sports)

Morata has recently come under some criticism from his manager, who says that he is not ready for the Premier League, and in his few games so far, he has looked lacklustre at times. This does not take away the obvious talent and potential that he has, at a young age of 24.

Only time will tell if the Spaniard will be able to shoulder his lofty price tag, or if it will weigh him down like another Spaniard who dawned the Chelsea No. 9 shirt in the past.

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