Former Chelsea striker Mikael Forssell has backed Alvaro Morata to return to form after the Spaniard ended his 2018 goal drought against Leicester City.
The 25-year-old started his Chelsea career with a bang after his £58 million transfer from Real Madrid, but he then dropped form in 2018 and only scored for the first time this year in the FA Cup game against Leicester City.
However, Forssell, himself a former Chelsea striker, believes the striker’s critics will soon forget his dry spell, provided he can continue scoring.
“Of course it is psychologically tough not to score,” Forssell told Goal. “A high price has been paid to acquire him and he knows it. But the beauty of football and being a striker is that when you eventually score the next goal, all is forgiven and people forget that he has ever had a dry patch at Chelsea.
“I think for Antonio Conte, it is about having the eye to sense who is in form and who needs time to sort their form out. Sometimes it is about letting strikers play even though they are not scoring, and for the player to sense the faith of the gaffer that will finally end up with the scoring of goals.
“Sometimes it’s about taking a striker out of the pressure to allow him gain focus and form. Also, sometimes it’s easier to score from the bench as there are no expectations towards that player.
“I think all of us strikers go through a dry patch. Generally, he can be happy with his first season in the Premier League as it is very different to any of the leagues he has played in before. It’s all about staying focused and working hard in training. It starts from there and eventually reflects on to the games.
“I am not worried. We have all seen him score amazing goals both abroad and in the Premier League. It’s also about the team feeding and finding him correctly on the pitch. He is a great striker and I believe he is a great player for Chelsea.”