I am not the kind of person to write people off. It doesn’t matter to what depths you slump, I believe that there’s always hope of resurgence.
Alvaro Morata is a very young and promising football player. At 25, he has managed to play for some of the biggest names in European football. He has played for Real Madrid, Juventus and Chelsea; I don’t think he would if he wasn’t talented enough. So the ingredient isn’t the problem, he just needs to work harder both in training and during competitive fixtures.
When he signed for us last summer, he started on a very high note, but then, a few games on, he has remained stuck on 10 goals in the Premier League. He didn’t even score for 3 months before breaking the drought with a goal vs Leicester; although one can argue that he was in and out of injuries in that period. But injury or not, the truth is Morata has underwhelmed in the past few months, and he needs to improve.
Weeks ago, when the shortlist for Spain’s players for the international break was released, Morata’s name was conspicuously missing, even though lesser names made the cut.
The window has come and gone, but I expect Morata to look back on it and react positively by improving on himself. His finishing and stamina has to improve if he’s to make it to the World Cup this June. He must look at the story of Marcos Alonso, and be inspired by it. Alonso was snubbed for so long, and rightly so, but having grown to be a very good and improved player, he got the call to partake in games in the last international break. If Morata can improve on himself, even his story can change soon.