It has been a long time coming but Alvaro Morata is finally beginning to click at Juventus.
The youngster was signed from Real Madrid back in the summer, but injuries and the unrelenting form of Carlos Tevez have so far prevented him from making a big impression for his new club.
Yet the Spaniard now looks far more like the player that convinced the club to part with £15millon for his services, instead of the one that has spent the majority of the season out in the cold and away from the action.
When Massimiliano Allegri announced that Juventus would be winning the race for Morata, it came as a hefty blow to Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool who had been hoping to bring him to England’s top flight.
It was also a move that did not go down well in Madrid itself, with fans of the club devastated at the loss of one of their best young players in recent years and the potential heir to the throne of legendary forward Raul. Their failure to sign a replacement is a choice that Carlo Ancelotti is still struggling to justify to this day.
So good has his recent form been the current Copa Del Ray and Champions League holders have been linked with a sensational swoop for their former forward, but Ancelotti has since denied any speculation and may opt to bring struggling Manchester United forward Radamel Falcao to the capital instead.
Though Tevez’s goals instantly make him the first name on Allegri’s teamsheet, Morata has been marvellous in recent weeks and has played a key part in helping the Old Lady open up a nine-point gap over Roma at the Serie A summit.
The 22-year-old now has seven goals in 25 games across all competitions to date, clocking up four assists along the way. That he has started just nine matches all term is another indicator of his ruthlessness and determination to seize his chance when finally called upon. Qualities like that only serve to enhance his character as a man and ability as a footballer.
Champions League breakthrough
He was voted Man of the Match as the Old Lady beat AC Milan 3-1 in controversial circumstances at the start of the month, whilst his goal against Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of the Champions League has helped bolster their chances of glory on the European stage.
Morata now looks destined to become one of Serie A’s most prolific marksmen, and will be hoping to spearhead Tevez in attack for the rest of the season especially given the club’s eagerness to bring Palermo hotshot Paulo Dybala to Turin at the end of the season.