Alvaro Morata’s Chelsea nightmare has finally ended following his move back to his roots with Atletico Madrid… for now at least. Morata signs with the rojiblancos on a 1.5 year loan deal that will take him into the end of next season. It is no secret the Spanish international has endured a torrid time with the Blues, consistently under the media spotlight for poor performances and the mental slump making him unable to regularly find the back of the net.
Morata moved to Stamford bridge for over $90 million last summer after an impressive campaign with Real Madrid that saw him record 15 goals in just 14 league starts. Often stuck behind Karim Benzema in Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI, Morata sought a move to the Premier League with Chelsea who were in need of a prolific frontman. It all started so well for Morata, aside from a penalty miss in the Community Shield versus Arsenal in his first appearance, the Spaniard was finding the net regularly in the league.
Injuries following by poor form severely damaged the confidence of the former Juventus striker and he was never the same. He was made into a laughing stock at West London and it became only a matter of time before he departed. Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival spelled the end for Morata, with Higuain all but ensured a starting role in place of the Spanish international.
Morata now links up with former Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann in an impressive Atletico attack. With Diego Costa failing to deliver consistent performances, it may allow for some game time for Morata who will certainly be looking to bounce back from his Chelsea nightmare. Rejoining his boyhood club where he began his journey.
Playing his best football in Spain previously with Los Blancos, it may just be the perfect move for Morata to find his feet again quickly and keep Atletico competing for the league title they have not won since the 2013-14 season.
Written by: Andrew Diefenderfer