Considering some of the doubts that circled Chelsea’s transfer swoop for Alvaro Morata during the summer, having failed to hold down a starring role at Juventus and Real Madrid, the Spain international has enjoyed a blistering start to his Blues career.
Morata’s Premier League debut was evidence of enough of him being ready to take the centre-forward mantle from Diego Costa – coming on against Burnley with just half an hour to go yet still finishing the match with a goal and an assist to his name.
In total, the 24-year-old has already bagged seven goals and two assists for his new club, not least including a hat-trick against Stoke City and a vital equaliser against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Those initial summer doubts and Chelsea’s prior dependence on Costa already seem like a lifetime ago now, but it’s another iconic Blues front-man former midfielder Shaun Wright-Phillips has drawn comparisons with.
Notching up four goals with his head and also using his ability to bring the midfield into the game, the ex-England international believes that, although he’s still got some way to go, Morata is already taking the early steps on the path of becoming the next Didier Drogba.
Shaun Wright-Phillips, speaking exclusively to 888sport, said; “I wouldn’t say that Morata is in Didier’s space now but if he keeps scoring and running in behind and creating chances for others then he’s heading in that direction because he does the same things that Didier did. He runs into channels, he creates chances, and he finishes.”