Two games, five goal scoring chances and no goal scored sums up the current football predicament of Chelsea striker, Alvaro Morata in his last two games. The criticisms after his three misses against Arsenal capped a miserable night for him. No doubt, the makings of a superstar striker lie in his ability to finish off chances superbly and a good display of goal and positional sense. The first is currently lacking at the moment for Morata, but the other two are his fortes. For a striker who has scored a fair number of super goals this season, it is quite worrying he has found it difficult to hit the target in recent games. Here are three reasons for his struggles:
THE FANS AND MEDIA PRESSURE:
The media was agog when Chelsea paid £59m rising up to £70m to Real Madrid for a player who had played as a second choice striker for most of his career. Chelsea presented an opportunity for him to prove himself that he can be the main man. Adjusting to new surroundings and the competitiveness of Premier League are hurdles that the Spaniard is still trying to jump over. But for every wrong move, miss and poor performance he’s been sometimes unfairly scrutinised and misjudged for his blunders by both the fans and the media. The striker’s confidence waned and performances as the ones against Stoke and Arsenal are the byproducts of the mental breakdown caused by the pressure from fans and the media.
FIRST TIME OPPORTUNITY AS MAIN STRIKER:
Alvaro Morata’s biggest psychological battle when he signed for Chelsea was to convince the football world that he could cut it out as the main striker rather than being in the shadow of another player. While he has started well this season, his recent struggles in front of goal could be that he’s in a developmental stage as a target man and is still learning the ropes of leading the line. Conte’s managerial nous and ability of coaching less talented players and transforming them into the real deal will definitely see him come good.
PLAYERS DRY PATCH:
Harry Kane doesn’t score in August, Romelu Lukaku is enduring a goal drought, even the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have also been through dry patches where the ball just refuses to go into the goal. One bad game doesn’t make a striker less potent, so Morata’s bad spell is something suffered by every football player.
Let’s hope he rediscovers his scoring form. Let’s show him our love and support. Cheers!