MORATA HAS OFFSIDE RECORD IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE THIS SEASON

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Chelsea signed Alvaro Morata for a then club record fee of £60m to replace former striker Diego Costa, but the Spaniard’s time at the club has been far from successful.

After starting his Chelsea career with 7 goals in his first 7 games, Morata ended up struggling for the rest of the campaign.

This season hasn’t been much better with 7 goals to his credit and 5 coming in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old also has an unwanted record of being in the top three players who have been flagged the most offside this season.

According to Squawka Stats, Morata has now been flagged offside 20 times in the Premier League this season; only Chris Wood (21) and Aleksandar Mitrović (23) have been caught more times.

And according to Opta Joe, Morata has recorded 1.9 offsides per 90 this season, the most of any player to have played at least 90 minutes.

Chelsea fans will argue that Morata’s goal which was ruled for offside against Southampton should have stood as the call was a close one.

Morata’s future at the club seems uncertain as Chelsea are being linked with signing a new striker. However, Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed that the club won’t sign a new striker in the January transfer window.

He said: “So I think that at the moment I don’t need another striker. Maybe another winger, because now we are in trouble with the injuries of Pedro, of Hudson-Odoi, Loftus-Cheek.

“At the moment I have no option for the wingers.”

Asked if Abraham or Batshuayi would be brought back, Sarri replied: “No, because I have the option with Eden Hazard in this position.

“We have Morata and Hazard who can play very well in this position, as we have seen in the last two or three matches.”

However, Morata might have until the end of the season to prove his worth at the club after moving for a £60m fee from Real Madrid.

Spanish side Sevilla are now being linked with a summer move for the Spain international, and the club’s sporting director didn’t play down rumours of interest in the Chelsea No. 9.

Joaquin Caparros was asked about Morata on Thursday, per MailOnline’s Pete Jenson: “We are working on many names. The important thing is that the player wants to come to Sevilla.”

Furthermore, one key area Sarri might want to strengthen this summer is the central midfield position, as Cesc Fabregas might play his last game for Chelsea against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

Sarri sees Fabregas as an important member of the squad and a direct replacement for Jorginho, but Fabregas is said to be keen on moving to Monaco this January to help former teammate Thierry Henry rebuild a struggling Monaco side.

According to ESPN, Sarri fears Fabregas’ departure will increase the pressure on Jorginho and could leave him short if the midfielder picks up an injury.

Sarri said a fortnight ago: “In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc. I want him to stay, [but] I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.”

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