Alvaro Morata had been in good form leading to the goalless draw against Everton, scoring five goals in his last six games, but he never looked like scoring and was comfortably handled by the Everton defence.
I understand it’s difficult to score in every game but a striker playing for a top club like Chelsea should at least be a threat to the opposition team in every game.
Everton’s defenders handled Morata comfortably and were never scared of the Chelsea striker and that should certainly worry Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
Truth be told, Morata’s performance against Everton was one of his worst in a Chelsea shirt and I just felt like we were playing with a player less against Everton with Morata on the pitch.
Morata was guilty of going down too easily (and this is really frustrating to watch as a Chelsea fan) and the constant offside calls against him didn’t help Chelsea’s cause against Everton.
According to Whoscored.com, Morata was ruled offside five times against Everton, a record in a Premier League match this season.
Morata’s performance against Everton shows Chelsea are in real need of a clinical finisher if they are to challenge for the title this season.
I still don’t see Morata as a striker that can be consistent for most of the season like Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero.
Sarri recently said he doesn’t see the need to make signings in January but I think Chelsea need to sign a good striker in January if we really want to be title challengers this season.
If we are comfortable with just being in the top four this season and not challenging Manchester City and Liverpool for the title, then we can keep Morata and Olivier Giroud as our strikers for the rest of the season.