Chelsea’s curse of the No.9 is gradually rearing its ugly head again. The failure of strikers at Chelsea has been a reoccurring theme. With the likes of Matej Kezman, Andriy Shevchenko, Carlton Cole, Hernan Crespo, and Fernando Torres all suffering the syndrome of being flops at the club. The latest player looking likely to join the bandwagon is current striker, Alvaro Morata.
The Spanish striker gave a good introduction of himself to English football by scoring seven goals in seven matches at the club. But attitude of dissents and high-profile missed chances against notably Arsenal, and now against Burnley, the striker has raised eyebrows about his ability with an insipid performance that saw him record another big miss. What could be affecting Morata’s form is the big question on the lips on many fans.
The striker’s struggle is more of an issue with regards to style of play in England than anything else. Football is a contact sport, but English football has taken it to the extreme. The number of cards, suspensions and tackles on match days shows its competitiveness compared to the nice nature of Spanish football. English football revels more on work rate than technical ability. With this in mind, Morata is a technically gifted player with good ball skills, linkup play and aerial ability, but his lack of physicality in terms of aggression and power are his weaknesses. Obviously his style of play is yet to suit English football, so the onus is either for him to adapt and succeed or hide and lose his place.
With another transfer window fast approaching, Morata must decide to take the bull by the horn to overcome his recent struggles or face being labelled another striker failure at Chelsea and forced to leave the club.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!