After being left out of the squad altogether for Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Manchester City, Alvaro Morata’s Chelsea career is only going to continue to trend downhill, if reports from Spain are believed.
According to Fernando Evangelio, a reporter for COPE, Chelsea are thinking about pulling the plug on the Morata experiement, at least for the time being, and send him out on loan in January. The report does not say who would replace Morata at Chelsea, whether Chelsea would look for a new signing, a loan returnee (Batshuayi? Abraham?), or just give the job to Eden Hazard.
Informa @ferevangelio:— Tiempo de Juego (@tjcope) December 8, 2018
️"El @ChelseaFC está pensando en ceder a @AlvaroMorata en el mercado de invierno.
️"Sería una decisión del club, no de Sarri"#Premier pic.twitter.com/EcCgnxJxAX
Sarri-ball was supposed to be the thing to turn Morata’s career around after last season, but it seems that not even Striker-whisperer Sarri, who did wonders with Higuain and Mertens, is enough for Morata — or Giroud to be fair, as was evident from his choice to start Eden Hazard up front in Chelsea’s toughest match this season.
Of course, it could just be a tactical decision, as Sarri claimed after the match, to not play Morata and this rumour may be just speculation-for-clicks based on that tactical decision. But Morata has struck an unhappy figure on and off the pitch for at least the last twelve months, and it’s hard to see him continuing at Chelsea for too long, whether by his own accord or by the team’s insistence that he isn’t Fernando Torres 2.0. Morata has admitted that he almost pushed for a move in the summer, and his situation hasn’t really improved, despite a few goals.
Whatever the case may be, the January transfer window promises to be exciting.