Club Record signing of 60m pounds: –
Chelsea have completed a club record signing of Spanish striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. The deal is supposed to be worth about 60m pounds and a term of five years. The defending champions of England have also signed defender Antonio Rudiger and midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko to strengthen their squad.
Morata is one player wanted by Conte while he was at Juventus. We all know about the transfer saga behind the striker signing between Manchester United and Chelsea. But, in the end, it has to be said that both the clubs have got their money worth with correct choices.
Is Morata the right choice?
Now, we should analyse whether Morata will be a hit at Chelsea or not. The former Real Madrid man was predominantly the second choice and mostly started in La Liga games. He scored 22 goals in 47 appearances(start and substitute). It is a good return for a striker who played second fiddle to Benzema throughout.
Chelsea had another Spaniard striker Diego Costa until last season end. Morata might not be the one who will hold the ball up and look for runners beyond. He might well just be the player who will look to run at defenders and link up play with likes of Hazard, Pedro and Willian.
The Spaniard has a very good in behind run and lethal finishing with both feet and head. Conte has always wanted to work with the player before too and so a move is quite significant for both. As of current Chelsea squad, they already have 4 Spanish players who will make Morata comfortable and so the understanding will be good on the pitch too.
Coming to the system Chelsea play, a 3-4-3 formation with high counter-attack speed and defend with deeper lines. The wing-backs go very high in attack and act as wingers. The central midfielders are very narrow in functioning with the front three acting as inside forwards. The striker is the man to link up play with the other forwards and also should have a good finishing capability.
The above image shows the expected starting lineup of Chelsea once Hazard gets fit. Bakayoko is another good signing for the Blues who can dominate the midfield with physical dominance and pick good passes. The understanding between Fabregas and Morata will be crucial too, if both Spanish players combine, any defence will find it tough.
In Pedro/Willian and Hazard, Chelsea have good pace and creativity which will be a good foil for the new striker. The only thing which would worry Conte is that Morata isn’t the type of player who will hold defenders in a counter-attacking situation and look for support to arrive. So, the Italian might tweak his system a bit because the Spaniard has pace and trickery to worry any defensive line.
We asked a question at the start as to whether Morata will be a good foil for Chelsea or not. The answer should be yes with the record of the player and current Chelsea squad. Lukaku will no longer be missed at Stamford Bridge and a new Spanish striker might make the best possible impact.