READ WHAT ZOLA HAS TO SAY ABOUT STRUGGLING MORATA

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Alvaro Morata is yet to find his feet in England since moving to the Premier League for a club record fee of £60m from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Morata started out well in his first few games for the club under Antonio Conte but then struggled badly until the end of the season.

The Spain international is also having a poor season this term but had a brief spell where he looked rich in form.

Morata currently has seven goals this season with five coming in the Premier League, and Maurizio Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola believes that Morata is lacking in confidence and just has to keep working hard for the team and the goals will start flowing again.

“I have been a striker myself and when you get into these loops, when you are looking for the goal all the time and it does not come, you lose confidence,” explained the Italian. “Then the less confidence you get the less you are going to score.

“It is one of those things that happens frequently with all the players. Alvaro has to understand that for us, it is important yes when he scores, but also important when he comes and plays and does all the things that are important for the club. The goal has to be only a consequence of what you do for the team. The way we play always helps the front players to score. You have to keep working for the team.”

Morata’s future at Stamford Bridge was under threat with rumours claiming that there could be a swap deal between the Spaniard and Gonzalo Higuain.

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.”

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

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