The Spanish striker is on the verge of becoming the Blues’ all-time club record signing
Alvaro Morata was the forward that Antonio Conte wanted and now the Italian will have to get the best out of him at Chelsea.
The 24-year-old has a lot of promise, making his debut for Real Madrid at the age of 18 and scoring goals aplenty last season.
Those goals, however, had to come mainly from when he was used off the bench, with just 14 starts in La Liga and 12 substitute appearances.
Morata netted 15 goals in that time, an impressive haul for a lack of game time, but now he is going to have to show what he is really about.
What it has done is coincide nicely with the news that Cesc Fabregas has been told he will get more minutes on the pitch this season.
Despite the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco, reportedly Conte has spoken to the Spanish international to give him assurances for next season.
Fabregas was in a similar boat to Morata last time out, with just 13 Premier League starts and 16 off the bench, but he still made 12 assists.
The combination of the Spanish duo could be an exciting one and Morata’s capabilities could be the perfect foil for someone with Fabregas’ skill set.
When the 30-year-old gets the ball in the middle of the park, you know he is looking instantly forward to either find feet or get the ball over the top.
Diego Costa is a superb striker, but his runs to break up the defence are not necessarily the main bit of his game and it was often up to Pedro or Eden Hazard to stretch the play.
However, Morata is certainly blessed with pace and could be the perfect companion to latch on to Fabregas’ laser-like passes.
Morata is set to complete his deal today after the completion of his medical, which means that he will then fly out to Singapore to meet up with the Chelsea squad. This will be the first look at how the Blues could integrate the pair and how it could work between all of the players.
The one issue is that you would have to expect Conte to change the formation from his usual 3-4-3 to a 3-5-2 to bring Fabregas into play.
With Bakayoko joining and N’Golo Kante the star of the side last season, you would expect those two to start. However, if Conte goes with the three in the middle, then it could allow Fabregas to float around in front, not have to worry two much about his defensive responsibilities and cause havoc as he goes.
Morata and Fabregas have obviously played together for Spain, and let’s hope that should they get the chance to get on the same wavelength, that they can create good things for the Blues.