Whilst pre-season friendlies may be merely a fitness exercise for many players, Alvaro Morata’s first start in a Chelsea shirt went to show just what kind of attitude Blues fans can expect to see from their £60 million summer signing.
Starting in an usual position on the left, Morata was clearly most concerned about building fitness. The Spaniard has never player on the left of a front three before, as he did in Singapore on Saturday, but he worked hard to make it work.
After an impressive cameo against Bayern Munich, Morata continued many of the things that worked so well against the German side. He continued to drop deep to pick up on loose balls won by N’Golo Kante. He was also happy tracking back to provide support for Marcos Alonso, teaming up well with his compatriot on the left flank.
He also showed real signs of building a formidable partnership with Michy Batshuayi. Whilst the Spaniard did feature on the left, he did occasionally drift into a more central role alongside the Belgian. Morata balanced the role well, not hogging too much of the ball in the middle but being there to provide support for his strike partner when required.
That ensured that both forwards had plenty of space when opportunities did present themselves. The pair also showed good link up play, building on the assist that Morata provided to Batshuayi against Bayern earlier in the week.
For the former Real Madrid man, his opportunity to get his name on the scoresheet for the first time is yet to present itself. Whilst surely only a matter of time, that was clearly not the main concern for him on Saturday. His work rate and desire to help the team, rather than go for goal, will undoubtedly have pleased boss Antonio Conte.
The best is clearly yet to come from Alvaro Morata, but the early signs for Chelsea fans are that they could have a very good player on their hands.