MURPHY TELLS CONTE NOT TO BE WORRIED ABOUT MORATA’S FORM

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Chelsea summer signing and club’s most expensive player Alvaro Morata has come under heavy criticisms of late for his poor run of form.

The Spaniard has scored ten Premier League goals so far but only two of those have come since September, which has caused panic among fans, pundits and the media.

However, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has told Conte not to worry about Morata’s form, and that the Spain international has the quality to bounce back from his barren patch.

“Alvaro Morata is having a sticky spell in front of goal but I do not see his form being a big issue for Chelsea and Antonio Conte,” he told the Evening Standard.

“Strikers can have periods like this, we have even seen it from Harry Kane in the past, and the tide will turn for Morata because he has too much quality.

“The Premier League is still new to him and every player needs time to adapt. Maybe that great run of games he had has caught up with him – resulting in him being a tad below his best physically.

“Like Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United, sometimes that honeymoon period at a new club can wear off a bit. So there have been a number of different factors rather than one big thing.

“However, I do not worry too much about Morata. When I watch him it is not like his confidence has completely gone. He is such a clever footballer.

“His link-up play is really good and his awareness of others is good, too, and his level of performance has not been horrendous. He is still getting in a lot of positions to score.”

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