Atletico Madrid Move a ‘Dead Cert’ For Chelsea Misfit Morata
There’s no getting away from it. A move away from Chelsea will benefit both the club and Alvaro Morata at this point.
It’s a real shame, but after another game where his inability to score in an open goal overshadowed the two goals which sandwiched that appalling miss, it’s time for pastures new.
Morata started his life in west London looking like the perfect replacement for Diego Costa. Though not as physical as his contemporary, he was his equal aerially, if not better, had a wonderful eye for goal and brought colleagues into play with ease.
Sure, he needed to refine certain things, but not too long after Chelsea decided to part with a club record fee for his services, it appeared to be money well spent for all intents and purposes.
With 10 goals by Boxing Day in his first season in the Premier League, no eyebrows were being raised, however, by the end of the campaign, there were definite question marks as to his suitability to the English style of play.
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He certainly possessed all of the attributes to be successful but wasn’t using them in quite the right way.
A goal in the third game of the current season helped the Blues to a 3-2 win over Arsenal in a superb London derby, but it would take almost another two months for the centre-forward to find the target again, this time against Vidi FC.
With a goal in Chelsea’s very next game at Southampton, there was a school of thought that suggested Morata had finally turned the corner, but that notion was swiftly shot down.
So far, he has nine goals to his name in 2018/19, but only five have been in the Premier League.
That’s not even close to being good enough for a side that harbours genuine aspirations of elite level European football next season, so it’s no surprise to see the Spaniard as the subject of transfer news speculation this week.
Time For Morata To Return Home?
Morata was born in Madrid back in October 1992, and came through the ranks at Real Madrid, finally making a first-team debut under Jose Mourinho in December 2010.
He’d spend four years in the first team but was then sold to Juventus with whom he enjoyed a fabulous couple of seasons, even knocking his old employers out of the Champions League in the process.
After being on the losing side against Barcelona in the 2015 Champions League final, Real decided to exercise their purchase option on Morata and bring him back to the Spanish capital.
Interviews with the player from around that time thanked the club for their faith in him, but no sooner had he signed than Zinedine Zidane made his feelings clear. Just as Isco is experiencing under Santiago Solari at present, Morata, along with James Rodriguez, were relegated to bit-part players.
Clearly, Real had only bought him to sell him on again at a profit, and Chelsea were grateful recipients of his services once his availability was known.
Now things appear to have come full circle again, with another move back to Madrid odds-on with the best football bookmakers. Only this time, to the team where he took his first steps at 13 years of age; Atletico Madrid.
Morata began life as a youth player at the Rojiblancos, before a year at Getafe and finally a move to Real.
Los Blancos could do worse than sign him again, but Diego Simeone has jumped ahead of the queue by making his position crystal clear – with his club prepared to do whatever they can to acquire the striker.
BetVictor and Coral were still offering odds of 5/4 on this move happening up until Monday, before it was backed all the way in to 1/2. Indeed, with other football betting sites going as short as 1/4, betting on the move could be suspended sooner or later.
Following confirmed sightings of the player, his agent and his girlfriend in Madrid on Monday morning, punters need to move quick if they want to gain any value from a move which seems a dead cert at this stage.
Replacing Costa… Again?
After taking Diego Costa’s place in the Chelsea team, it looks like history will repeat itself if Atleti can get the deal for Morata over the line.
The former is out for a few months following surgery on a troublesome injury, allowing Morata to line up alongside Antoine Griezmann in a new-look front line and giving him time to build up a rapport with the World Cup winner.
The Champions League Round of 16 second leg game against Juventus on March 12 is believed to be the date pencilled in for Costa’s return, though Simeone may prefer him back in a far less dramatic setting.
In any event, one can’t expect the Spanish-Brazilian to be at the races immediately, so this potentially gives Morata another half-dozen games to impress.
At four years Costa’s junior, there’s also the carrot of replacing him in the national side, after Morata was left out of the Spain squad for the World Cup, being replaced by Costa.
But international aspirations are for the future. For the present it’s Atleti all the way.
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