Alvaro Morata struggled at Chelsea before his loan move to Spanish club Atletico Madrid in January.
Chelsea signed Morata from Real Madrid in a club record deal as replacement for Diego Costa who fell out with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte but after a brilliant start to his Chelsea career, the goals dried up for Morata.
Maurizio Sarri replaced Conte as Chelsea boss last summer but still couldn’t get the best out of Morata. Sarri lost faith in the striker and instead opted to play Eden Hazard as a centre forward.
Morata has been a different player since joining Atletico Madrid on loan in January. The 26-year-old striker was unlucky to have a stunning lobbed finish chalked off in just his second appearance for Atletico Madrid against Real Madrid. He was also unfortunate to have a header against Juventus in the Champions League disallowed.
Just when many were beginning to wonder if he would get a goal for his new club, Morata has now scored three goals in his last two appearances for Atletico Madrid.
Speaking after scoring a brace in Atletico’s 2-0 win at Real Sociedad at the weekend, Morata said: “Most of the time, forwards are judged by their goals but, above all, I have adapted well and quickly.
“I am very happy because I have had a bad time in the past. I have adapted quickly thanks to the help of everybody at the club and my colleagues.”
With Morata now discovering his goalscoring touch at Atletico Madrid, who should be blamed for his struggles at Chelsea? Chelsea managers (Sarri and Conte) or the striker himself?