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Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid during the summer as he became the club’s most expensive player.

Morata started the season strongly, but his form has tailed off in recent weeks and former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp reckons a lack of down time is to blame for Morata’s recent struggles.

“It is no surprise that Alvaro Morata is struggling for form,” he wrote in the Daily Mail.

“Having played all his football in Spain and Italy, Morata is playing his first season without a winter break.

“He is not as battle hardened as Diego Costa, the man he replaced at Stamford Bridge, while Michy Batshuayi is not trusted.

“Six of Morata’s 10 Premier League goals this season have been headers and defenders are getting wise to his movement when crosses are coming in.

“It is putting more pressure on his finishing and, when you do not score, it plays on your confidence.

“At the next appropriate point — perhaps the next round of the FA Cup — Morata should be given a week to go abroad and recharge.

“The club will reap the benefits.”

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