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Scouting report - La Liga expert Terry Gibson on Alvaro Morata

Posted on 17 August 2017  - 18:45

A product of our youth system back in the late 1970s and now a Spanish football expert on Sky Sports, who better than Terry Gibson to run the rule over Chelsea's new Spanish striker, Alvaro Morata?

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WMdXOOck_400x400 Terry Gibson

- Walthamstow-born, came through the youth system to play 43 games for Spurs, scoring 16 goals
- Also played for Coventry, Manchester United and Wimbledon
- FA Cup winner at Wimbledon, 1988
- Coached/managed the likes of Barnet, Wycombe, Bolton, Fulham and Northern Ireland
- Now a regular on Sky Sports' La Liga coverage

Alvaro Morata

- Scored 45 goals in 83 matches for Real Madrid B and then 11 in 52 for Real Madrid before switch to Juventus in 2014
- Scored 27 goals in 93 for Juve then 20 in 43 on his return to Real Madrid last season, joining Chelsea in the summer
- Has already won La Liga (twice), Serie A (twice), Champions League, Copa del Rey, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA World Club Cup and Coppa Italia - age 24
- Nine goals in 20 caps for Spain

Below: Morata dives in to score against Burnley last weekend

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Terry Gibson: "Alvaro Morata is a an out-and-out centre-forward, a traditional number nine and one of a new breed of dynamic centre-forwards around at the moment - big, strong athletes and good at all aspects of the game. Harry Kane is obviously our version of that striker at Spurs. Morata is six-two, six-three, good in the air, good first touch, holds the ball up well. He’s not as aggressive as Diego Costa but technique-wise, he’s a little above Costa, but he won’t go around rattling cages, as I always described Costa. I called him the ‘Cage Rattler’ when he played for Atletico Madrid. That was his job. Morata has it all and he just needs the opportunity to show everyone how good he is.

"I must admit I'm still a little surprised Real Madrid allowed Morata to leave because when you look at how in-demand top-class strikers are, true centre-forwards, Alvaro Morata is that type of player, an out-and-out centre-forward, a number nine. Real Madrid clearly made the choice to keep hold of Karim Benzema, who is approaching 30, ahead of a player who is six years younger (Morata is 24).

Below: Alvaro Morata

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"Real Madrid brought Morata back from Juventus with the understanding he would play more regularly and he got plenty of playing time, but just not in the big games. It was almost an act of mercy from Zinedine Zidane (RM coach), a real gentleman, not to stand in Morata’s way and allow him to flourish at another club. Personally, I think they could have kept hold of him. There is no replacement for Morata and they let another striker go as well, Mariano Diaz, to Lyon. He scored goals in the first team at Real Madrid last season as well. One thing's for sure - it’s certainly Chelsea’s gain to have a player like Morata."

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