Former Chelsea winger Clive Walker is impressed with how well Alvaro Morata has settled into life at Chelsea.
“It was great to see Alvaro Morata score his third goal of the season to set us on the road to victory against Leicester and I have been extremely impressed with the way he has settled at the club,” Walker wrote in Chelsea’s official website.
“When you arrive as a high-profile striker, there is obviously an expectation for you to score goals, so for Morata to start the way he has is fantastic, both for him and the football club.
“His movement is absolutely terrific and every time the ball goes into the box, you can see how hungry he is to get on the end of it. He reads the game brilliantly and has that knack of timing his runs to perfection to get across defenders and beat them to it.
“If you look at his goal against Leicester, he started making his run the second Tiemoue Bakayoko fed the ball out to Cesar Azpilicueta, knowing full well the area his compatriot was going to put his cross.
“As a former winger, I know that having a player of Alvaro’s quality in the middle ready to get on the end of your deliveries is priceless. Sometimes you have time to look up before crossing and sometimes you don’t, so it is all about hitting the right areas, and putting in the right type of ball.
“Think of another kind of striker who is dangerous in the air, Andy Carroll for example. With him, you know you can hang balls up and that he will look to overpower any defender to get his header in. Morata isn’t like that. He is cute and clever, so the balls in need to be the same.
“It’s obvious a lot of work has gone into this on the training ground and we are certainly putting more crosses in than we did last season. Morata has quickly picked up on the strengths of his team-mates, and vice versa, and it is a pleasure to see.
“Another thing I love to watch is how quickly he has adapted to our style of play when the ball is in different areas of the pitch. He clearly has the ability to make the right runs when the crosses are coming into the box, but when the ball is deeper on the pitch, you look to your front man for quality link-up play and Morata certainly brings that.
“Let’s not forget he is only 24 years old, so he still has a lot to learn and is working with a manager who relishes improving players. What we have seen so far is really encouraging but I have no doubt there is a lot more to come.”