Alvaro Morata had been looking for his first goal in 2018 for almost three months, after he finally netted an opener against Leicester in Chelsea’s 2-1 FA Cup victory. The 25-year-old, who has made 39 appearances for the Blues so far has struggled to find his goal-scoring form in the beginning of the year,which is why Spain manager Julen Lopetegui left him out of the most recent Spain squad for the friendly matches against Germany and Argentina so could he miss the world cup.
Not so long ago, the former Real Madrid hitman was considered to be the leading striker for one of the favourites for the World Cup, but now it could easily happen that he will watch the tournament in Russia from the comfort of his home. Diego Costa is back after his long absence, and with Morata far from his best performance, the Atletico Madrid forward could cement his position at the tip of Spain’s attack in the following high-profile friendly matches.
His summer move from Real Madrid to Chelsea for a club-record fee of around $80 million meant that the former Juventus striker would finally be the number one option in a top club for the first time in his career. However, in 2018, Morata is spending more and more time on the bench, which brings his World Cup spot in jeopardy. Gianluigi Buffon once stated that the 25-year-old had “negative thoughts” during his Juventus spell and, given his goal drought in 2018, these negative thoughts might have clawed back.
Julen Lopetegui said that door was still open for Alvaro Morata, but he needed to improve his form significantly if he wanted to pack his bags for Russia this summer. He needs to show his true colours in the next couple of months, or he will be left at home. Antonio Conte is losing faith in the Spaniard, but Lopetegui is not prepared to give up that easily, especially because the Chelsea hitman is highly productive when playing for the national team, with 13 goals in his 23 appearances. It’s time for Morata to show his true face.
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