Sunday, April 22, 2018

No end in sight for Alvaro Morata’s frustrations

Morata keen on Juventus return / Image via

Marginalized Talent

Things might be blooming in his private life, but there is plenty of reason to be worried when it comes to the professional career of Alvaro Morata – once a great talent and a leader of the new wave in Spanish football.

Last couple of years, however, have done enough to marginalize Morata’s talents and turn him into a sparingly used forward who just can’t seem to get his big break at the top.

With 2016 already in the rearview mirror, Morata is ready to end the hoodoo.

Newly engaged to his future wife Alice Campello, the 24-year-old Spanish striker Alvaro Morata spent his holiday in London, thus sparking a debate whether he might be on the move again. All he wanted was to make most of La Liga’s winter break however, clear his mind before returning to the frustrating everyday life with his boyhood club Real Madrid.

And as for the move away from Santiago Bernabeu, it remains on the cards.

Real Disappointment

Four years with Los Blancos weren’t enough for Morata to convince Real Madrid hierarchy their own boy would grow on to become a worthy successor of legendary striker Raul. European champions were criticized for the apparent lack of respect towards the home-grown players who chronically fail to pierce the club’s stratosphere and join the first-team stars at one of the brightest football galaxies.

Results and records stand firm in front of emotions with Real Madrid as Alvaro Morata was left off the hook to join Juventus in 2014. The Spaniard did not go on to become a first-choice striker with Bianconeri but blasts of brilliance caught the eyes of many – Real Madrid first of all as Los Blancos decided to retrieve their own blood and ruin Arsenal’s chances of landing the highly-sought after striker.

Imposing performances for the Spanish national team in France helped a great deal as Real Madrid exercised a buy-back clause with the fee reported to be up to £23 million.

It was a timely chance for Florentino Perez to make a spectacle and use emotions to his own advantage. The boy who made his debut at the age of 18 returned home, only to find himself thrown in the gutter just a couple of months later however.

Alvaro Morata is a relentless spirit and a unique talent. A player who uses every chance he would get, which is most obviously shown through the numbers.

Spanish striker made the total of 12 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid this term. Six of those were starts. During the time on pitch in 2016-17 season, Morata scored 5 goals for Los Blancos, which is more than enough and satisfactory taking his limited role into consideration.

Morata struggled to hold a regular first-team spot and with his club getting their transfer ban reduced, it became evident that Real Madrid are not remotely prepared to make Morata their future first-choice in the attack.

Old Beginning?

Nostalgia and emotions once again kicked in.

Alvaro Morata first wrote a heartfelt letter to his former Juventus teammate and fellow struggler Simone Zaza, whereas he reportedly confided to his closest friends and family that he would love to get back to Juventus.

Having already started to ponder whether going back to Madrid was the right move to make, Alvaro Morata is keen to rejoin Juventus.

A victim of strong emotions, Alvaro Morata seems to have already forgotten that final months of his Juventus career brought only 148 minutes more on the pitch than this season. Being forced to go around the imposing presence of Gonzalo Higuain in order to find a place upfront is another strong argument to suggest going back to Juventus would not be an ideal choice.

Ultimately, even though he already let his former Bianconeri teammates of his interest to return, such a deal could not happen until summer as Real Madrid are unlikely to let him go until their reduced FIFA transfer ban is lifted.

However, it is hard to imagine at this point in time that Morata could go on to be given a more prominent role at Real Madrid.

La Liga leaders are determined to lock the Spanish title as soon as possible and are currently given the 1/2 betting odds to become champions, which is another reason to believe Zinedine Zidane is unlikely to ring too many unnecessary changes to his side in the second part of the season.

And as for Alvaro Morata, frustrations will continue as the talented striker keeps struggling to find his place among the stars.


Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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