Alvaro Morata started the first few weeks of his Chelsea career pretty well with seven goals in his first seven games, but things turned badly for the Spaniard afterwards.
Morata endured a difficult first season in England, having arrived Stamford Bridge as the club’s most expensive player, and he only struggled to score just 15 times in 48 appearances after signing from Real Madrid.
The Spain international is now playing in his second season at the club and his struggles have continued as he has only managed to score just seven goals in 19 games.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has partly blamed Chelsea star Eden Hazard to have contributed in Morata’s poor form.
Hazard had made it clear that he prefers to play with Olivier Giroud, and Carragher thinks that Hazard’s comment might have affected the Spaniard.
“Sarri has a big decision to make this Saturday [when Chelsea face City],” Carragher said. “At Napoli last season he had a regular source of goals in his little striker Dries Mertens who got 18 in the league and perhaps Hazard, with seven already, will fulfill that role this season.
“But with every game Morata is giving his club more certainty that this is a signing that has not worked.
“For Chelsea, that threat just did not seem to be there with Morata who has not scored in the league since his two against Crystal Palace on Nov 4.
“The fact that Eden Hazard said he preferred playing with Giroud will have stuck in Morata’s mind too.
“Hazard has a tendency to be very frank in his views – we saw it in the World Cup with Romelu Lukaku – and as the team’s leader that will have been heard loud and clear in the dressing room.”