Alvaro Morata went to Euro 2016, a year after playing in the Champions League final with Juventus, as Spain’s first-choice striker.
The Spaniards have long struggled for a traditional focal point at the head of their fluid attacking play and it looked as if Morata could well have been that man.
Two years later and the hitman, now of Chelsea and with just 23 caps to his name, has been excluded from the party that will travel to Russia in pursuit of Spain’s second World Cup triumph in three iterations.
His maiden season in English football was the first in which he has been relied on to be the main man in attack and his confidence looks to have taken a battering at Stamford Bridge; it has cost him his international spot.
But was that the right decision? Spain are not exactly flush with striking options; the men who are travelling ahead of Morata are Valencia’s Rodrigo, Liverpool reject Iago Aspas, Real Madrid’s Lucas Vasquez and the man Morata replaced at Chelsea, Diego Costa.
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