Alvaro Morata made his Chelsea debut in the 3-2 defeat to Burnley, and while it was a woeful first half performance for Chelsea, the Spaniard’s performance was a highlight of what he could do for Chelsea.
Chelsea secured the signing of Morata this summer for a fee worth £60 million and it could rise up to £70 million due to add-ons. The 24-year-old made his Premier League debut for Chelsea today albeit from the bench.
From preseason to the Community Shield, Conte preferred Michy Batshuayi to Morata despite spending a club record fee on the former Real Madrid striker. The Chelsea boss kept Morata on the bench against Arsenal in the Community Shield and brought him into the fray with less than 20 minutes to go.
Today against Burnley, Conte started the game with Batshuayi upfront and by the time he brought in Morata, Chelsea were down to three goals. But Morata’s introduction changed the game for Chelsea as the Blues came to life when he replaced Batshuayi with about 30 minutes left.
With 30 minutes left, Morata scored a goal assisted another and even scored one that was ruled out for offside. That’s just how dominant the Spaniard was.
Besides his goal and assist, his all-round play was great, his first touch was excellent, his hold-up play was commendable and he also pressed hard and caused the opposition all manner of troubles with his pace.
Chelsea might have eventually lost the game in a very disappointing manner, but within 30 minutes, Morata proved to Chelsea that he shouldn’t be on the bench.