Why are there so many Alvaro Morata doubters?

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    When Romelu Lukaku shockingly turned down the chance to reunite with his old club and move to the red half of Manchester, Chelsea fans were left to wonder if they would ever find the right player to replace outgoing striker Diego Costa.

    Just over a week later, Roman Abramovich splashed out $91 million for Spanish star Alvaro Morata, who Antonio Conte said was his “first choice”.

    I think he is a quality player with many attributes to his game that can help Chelsea going forward. He is the complete all-round player that every team wishes they could have, so why is the Spaniard receiving so much unnecessary criticism from supporters and pundits?

    “He hasn’t proven himself in the Premier League”, “He has never started consistently in his career”, “He had a poor preseason” – these are just some of the comments I have heard from friends who follow Chelsea and pundits who know a lot about the game.

    For me these are weak excuses to put him down, and he’ll prove all the doubters wrong come May when the season comes to an end.

    Okay, so why should everyone have faith in this 24-year-old?

    Firstly, he has played with the biggest club in world football under manager Zidane and alongside arguably the best player in the world right now in Cristiano Ronaldo, which has helped him develop. He managed to obtain the best goals-to-game ratio in Europe, and he mostly came off the bench to make an impact.

    He has so many qualities that make him a better fit for Chelsea than Lukaku. Conte can use him in so many different ways, such as by allowing him to drop deep, link up play and hold up the ball to bring others into play. He is also very good in the air and intelligent off the ball, making runs into the box with his pace, which creates a real threat to any defence. This is something the Belgian doesn’t have, giving Chelsea more variety in their style of play.

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    You could say goals are an important part of a striker’s game, and Morata doesn’t have a problem ticking that box. With 49 goals in 145 appearances for club and country throughout his career he has become one of the promising strikers in world football. Deadly is the word that would describe his presence in front of goal.

    Unlike Lukaku, Morata delivers in the big games, which was occurrent when he was a regular starter at Juventus before his second stint with Real Madrid. Goals against Manchester City and Sevilla in the Champions League made the world take notice. A goal in both legs of the semi-final triumph over his former teammates at Madrid gave him the opportunity to score in the 2015 Champions League final against Barcelona in Berlin.

    He has done it domestically as well, scoring a brace against Torino in the Turin derby and scoring the winner in extra time against AC Milan in the 2016 Coppa Italia final.

    His run against Bayern Munich in the knockout stages of the Champions League to assist Juan Cuadrado only proved his all-round game was something to admire and applaud.

    Looking ahead to this season with his new club, he is very much expected to be the main man up top, especially in the Premier League and the Champions League. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if he hits the ground running.

    This is the best signing of the Premier League transfer window for me, and I’m predicting he’ll score more than 30 goals in all competitions this season along with winning the EPL golden boot.

    The people who have given Morata no hope of success will be the ones ending up having pie on their face.

    Alvaro, it’s time to prove the doubters wrong.

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    • August 12th 2017 @ 4:47am
      Tshosho said | August 12th 2017 @ 4:47am | ! Report

      Yeah I’ve been hearing alot of things about Morata from the media and pandits blah blah blah Morata will fail personally I don’t think so last year they predicted the title will be in Manchester but nothing materialised nd earlier on today it was conte won’t b a chelsea manager come May or chelsea’s players are angry about the coach.Media,pandits come on guys why the lies Mourinho,pep,klopp venger are there no one is talking about them SO PLEASED keep . yr predictions we don’t need them leave conte alone J. carregher,Phil neville,paule scholes,j redpnap,Neville PLEASE why can’t you guys become coaches? especially the Neville brothers y u were sacked at Valencia fc ?

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      August 12th 2017 @ 11:26am
      andresilva10 said | August 12th 2017 @ 11:26am | ! Report

      Wouldn’t be surprised at all if Conte gets the sack midway through the season if they put a bad run of results together…

      • August 13th 2017 @ 10:35am
        Gavin R said | August 13th 2017 @ 10:35am | ! Report

        Same could be said for just about every manager. Seems like Conte is at odds with the board over transfers.

    • August 12th 2017 @ 11:41am
      Craig Dunsall said | August 12th 2017 @ 11:41am | ! Report

      The signing of the EPL transfer window for me anyway is Lacazette. A proven goal scorer who knows how score a goal out of nothing as he proved today. He’ll be a big difference maker for the gunners. On the subject of Morata, I agree that the stick he has received has been unfair, but he hasn’t yet proven he can score goals consistently. Still a great player who I’m sure will excite at Stamford Bridge

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        August 12th 2017 @ 12:25pm
        andresilva10 said | August 12th 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

        Lacazette will be a big hit at Arsenal, but Morata will surprise a lot of people

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      August 12th 2017 @ 2:19pm
      Ben Talintyre said | August 12th 2017 @ 2:19pm | ! Report

      I’m a follower of world soccer not just English soccer so know how well he has done at Juve and Real Madrid. For me I think he will have a solid year but may be a slow starter. Chelsea I think really lack squad depth. Players inevitably are out injured or suspended and juggling European cups with the league could prove tough. Morata is quality but may take time to adjust. Give him a season in England and he will be one of the top strikers in the league next year.

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        August 12th 2017 @ 4:04pm
        andresilva10 said | August 12th 2017 @ 4:04pm | ! Report

        It’s a good point you raise about Morata having a slow start. Chelsea have a few tough games in the opening weeks such as Tottenham and Arsenal so it will be interesting to see how quickly he can adapt to Conte’s system

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