Ex-West Ham United keeper Shaka Hislop has warned Chelsea about Alvaro Morata’s transfer regarding a hasty decision to allow him to leave this summer.
After joining Chelsea for a club record fee of £58 million from La Liga giants Real Madrid last summer Alvaro Morata is linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this transfer window. The 25-year-old had an impressive start as he hit the ground running for Chelsea until a back injury cost Morata his momentum and goal scoring drought. Morata managed 15 goals and chipped in with six assists in his debut season but overall had an underwhelming campaign at Stamford Bridge.
With French centre-forward Olivier Giroud arriving in the January transfer window from North London side Arsenal Morata has fallen further down the pecking order. And reports claim that Morata could be at the exit gate at Chelsea after the FA Cup final against Manchester United with Serie A champions Juventus interested in re-signing him.
But Chelsea was aware of Morata’s qualities when they decided to make him the marquee signing in the summer and have been warned by Shaka Hislop not to make a hasty decision over the Spaniard’s future.
Hislop’s Advice For Chelsea-
Speaking to ESPN Hislop said, “We’re still not quite sure who the Chelsea manager will be next season and whether Morata fits into his plans and whether that manager will bring the best out of him At the same time, it’s a bit soon to talk about cutting ties with him.”
The 49-year-old added a comparison to Diego Costa and Chelsea should have faith in Morata instead, “If Chelsea is to learn one lesson from 12 months ago, and you don’t cut ties with your striker until you have a replacement already lined up. They paid the price for that and surely they won’t make the same mistake two years running.”
There is no doubt that Morata has quality and he has shown it for Chelsea before in this season. Somehow, he has lost confidence down the line and needs to show that he is worthy of being the club’s first choice striker for the future.