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Jamie Carragher compares Alvaro Morata to a great former Premier League striker

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After a poor start to the Premier League season, Chelsea are back fighting at the top.

Things looked bleak after a 3-2 loss at home to Burnley on the opening day, with many suggesting the Blues didn't do enough in the summer transfer window.

Antonio Conte was less active than some of his rivals, including Manchester City and Manchester United.  

Both of those clubs used the break to strengthen significantly and that smart spending has been reflected in their starts.  

Pep Guardiola's City lead the way, outscoring most of their opponents so far, with Jose Mourinho's United in second.

Although the Red Devils haven't scored as many goals as their rivals across town, striker Romelu Lukaku is in fine form with six goals in as many games. 

Also on six goals so far is Alvaro Morata. The Chelsea striker had made a solid start to the campaign before a hat-trick against Stoke City on Saturday raised his profile even more.

Before last weekends game, he'd only scored with his head, but all three of his latest goals were scored with his feet.  

Stoke City v Chelsea - Premier League

Since that top performance, fans and pundits alike have been quick to praise the Spaniard, especially as he had to step up so quickly in Diego Costa's absence.

He's been so good in fact, that Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has likened him to another world-class Spanish striker.  

Speaking of Morata's opening goal at the weekend, one that saw him brilliantly control a long ball before slotting past Jack Butland, Carragher said, per the Metro:

Stoke City v Chelsea - Premier League

"Watching that, it reminded me of Torres, they’re a similar type of build and they both burst past people."

Of course, Fernando Torres didn't have the greatest of spells at Stamford Bridge. Actually, Morata would probably rather not be compared to the former Blues striker.  

But despite his disappointing time in London, there's no doubt that Torres was one of the world's best while playing at Liverpool. 

Manchester City v Liverpool - Premier League

It's surely the Torres of old that Carragher is comparing the current Chelsea number nine to, which is a huge compliment for the 24-year-old.

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