Alvaro Morata was subject to ridicule after he missed a golden opportunity to give Chelsea the lead against Tottenham with a free header only yards out. This weekend, he was once again hailed as a saviour for the Blues after an inspirational performance which showed his true quality.
Where he was anonymous against Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at Wembley, he was imperious against Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane at Stamford Bridge. Winning two aerial challenges up against three of the Premier League’s strongest aerial defenders was no mean feat.
Primarily, Morata also showed his ability to bring others into play. A clear example of that came in the 27th minute when he combined with Cesc Fabregas in a neat one-two. Morata showed superb initiative to react with a header after his initial pass was deflected, playing a perfectly weighted knock down into the path of the former Barcelona midfielder to poke the ball into the far corner of the net.
Only 13 minutes later, the creator turned to poacher. Morata had dropped deep to pick up the ball before launching a move forward, ghosting into the box just as it was knocked back for Cesar Azpilicueta to deliver an inch perfect cross onto his forehead for him to glance it beyond the helpless Jordan Pickford.
His second headed goal in as many games at Stamford Bridge, Morata looked confident again and showed his clear technical ability as he looked to hold the ball up and bring in the likes of Willian and Pedro as they bombarded forward on the counter attack. He was content not being the talisman looking to finish the opportunities, and in fact made more key passes than shots.
If Morata can consistently produce this kind of form, he will be up at the top of the goalscoring charts competing with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero. What’s more, and what makes him more of a threat than Diego Costa, he could be high on the list of assists too.