It took a few games, but Álvaro Morata seems to have settled in quite well back home in Madrid, playing in the shirt of his boyhood club, Atlético Madrid.
A disallowed goal ten days ago against former team Juventus got the embers lit, a goal last weekend against Villarreal broke his duck, a brace yesterday (both headers, to no one’s surprise) against Real Sociedad made him a hero once again. In the meantime, Atléti have also returned to winning ways — after losing in Morata’s first two games following his arrival on an 18-month loan from Chelsea, they’ve now four in a row, without even conceding a goal. Not even having to play with 10-men for the last half hour against La Real yesterday could break that streak.
With Diego Costa continuing to be limited by various injuries, Morata’s latest revival is coming at the perfect time. Obviously, he’ll be hoping that it’s not just a false dawn, like we had seen a couple times at Chelsea. But those were the “bad times”, the fragile times. Now it’s time, for the good times.
“Most of the time, forwards are judged by their goals but, above all, I have adapted well and quickly. I am very happy because I have had a bad time in the past. I have adapted quickly thanks to the help of everybody at the club and my colleagues.”
-Álvaro Morata; source: Goal
Atléti boss Diego Simeone echoed those sentiments as well, so it’s all looking quite peachy for Morata suddenly.
May his happiness long continue, all the way through Atléti paying the €50m (or whatever it may be exactly) buyout clause.
P.S.: Morata wasn’t the only high profile loanee to get on the scoresheet, with Batshuayi (Crystal Palace), Moses (Fenerbahce), and Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa) all getting one, too!