Prior to his 70th-minute winner against Vidi in the Europa League on Thursday night, many Chelsea fans on social media were in agreement that Alvaro Morata should be sold in January.
The Spanish striker missed several gilt-edged opportunities at Stamford Bridge and few supporters would shed a tear if he was offloaded in the New Year.
Talking of shedding tears, that’s precisely what Morata apparently did after scoring his winning goal against the Hungarian champions.
The 25-year-old, who cost Chelsea an initial £58 million in the summer of 2017, looked like a man who knows he simply hasn’t been good enough after netting his first goal since August.
"If scoring a goal makes him cry I hope to see him cry many times,” Maurizio Sarri said in his post-match conference.
However, make no mistake about it, this was not a great performance from the former Real Madrid forward.
He looks bereft of confidence and a shadow of the player who would make an impact every time he came off the bench at the Bernabeu.
Morata’s goal against Vidi will paper over the cracks but Michael Owen dropped the truth about Chelsea’s No.29 on BT Sport after the match.
“I’ve never been his biggest fan, I must admit,” the former Liverpool and England centre-forward commented. “When he was at Real Madrid, he came on a lot, he scored a few goals - he did well in Italy.
“I’ve never had him in the top-notch striker bracket, I must admit. When he scored a few at the start of his Chelsea career, I thought ‘ooh, I’m going to eat my words here’ - but, in my opinion, he’s not world class. He’s decent but he’s not world class.
“He’s probably not good enough to be leading the line for Chelsea, playing in the Champions League every week.”
You can watch Owen’s comments and analysis on Morata in full here…
Owen is talking sense there. Decent but not world-class is a fair assessment of Morata’s ability.
He promised so much more when he signed for the Blues but he’s consistently failed to deliver, which suggests he’s not as good as some people initially thought he was.
Seventeen goals in 58 games is a disappointing return from a striker who was brought in for big money to replace Diego Costa.
Despite his winner against Vidi, it might be in everyone’s best interests if Chelsea replaced him with a better striker when the transfer window re-opens.News Now - Sport News