Alvaro Morata is Chelsea’s record signing. The Blues signed the Spain international from Real Madrid for a club record fee of £60 million.
Alvaro Morata is yet to make his official debut for Chelsea and yesterday played less than 20 minutes Community Shield football against Arsenal at the Wembley Stadium.
Some Chelsea fans and the media at large have lost hope on the 24-year-old who is yet to make his Chelsea debut and it only shows how short-term minded some football fans and pundits could be.
With all the criticisms about the Chelsea summer signing, these are some things I noticed from his limited appearance against Arsenal.
Alvaro Morata showed lots of desire in that game against Arsenal; he played a dual role of centre-forward and winger as Chelsea ended the game with a man down. He worked really hard and closed down space impressively.
2. Hold up play
Michy Batshuayi (though a huge potential) wasn’t at his best against Arsenal and his hold up play seemed a far cry as he was isolated upfront for most spells of the game.
However, within the short time Morata played against our fierce London rivals, he held up play impressively and even won a free kick for Chelsea off two Arsenal defenders.
3. AERIAL THREAT
The Spain international also has an impressive height and it will shock you to note that he won all his aerial balls against Arsenal with relative ease. Since the departure of Didier Drogba Chelsea haven’t really had a striker with good aerial presence and Diego Costa’s stats aerially doesn’t seem impressive.
While many chose to focus on his penalty miss, these three things were exhibited by Morata in Chelsea’s penalty loss to Arsenal in the Community Shield.