With Diego Costa seemingly certain to leave the club in the near future, Chelsea had to move this summer and acquire an adequate goal scoring replacement. Step forward Alvaro Morata who had enjoyed a prolific season at Real Madrid despite keen competition for places at the Bernabeu.
Morata notched a healthy return of 15 goals in 26 league games last season and having scored on his Premier League debut for Chelsea against Burnley on the opening weekend, it seems certain that we will see plenty of enhanced odds deals against his name from now on.
Alvaro Morata was initially a youth player at Atletico Madrid before his potential was spotted by their cross-city rivals Real. He subsequently progressed through their youth ranks, making his debut for the B team in 2010 and made some sporadic appearances for the full side at the same time.
With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema at the club, it was difficult for the striker to command a regular place in the first team and in the summer of 2014, Morata was sold to Juventus. His scoring record in Italy over two years was relatively modest but it was here that the Spanish international was able to develop his all round play and Real must have started to feel that they had made a mistake.
Accordingly, Alvaro Morata returned to the Bernabeu and after a strong season, it’s a surprise that he had moved on again but Chelsea fans will certainly be positive about his arrival.
The forward impressed at various junior levels for Spain but it wasn’t until he moved to Juventus that the senior squad finally called him up. Manager Vicente Del Bosque included Morata in the group to face Belarus and Germany in November 2014 and he subsequently made his debut against the Belarusians.
In March 2015, the striker notched his first senior goal in a European Championship qualifier against Ukraine. At the finals of Euro 2016, Alvaro Morata became one of the stars and as he headed for his new club Chelsea a year later, the forward had a very healthy record of 9 goals in 20 full internationals.
Recent Scoring Record
Here are Alvaro Morata’s scoring stats from each of the last three seasons:
|Season||La Liga / Serie A||Domestic Cups||European Competition|
|2014/15:||– 8 goals in 29 matches||– two goals in four matches||– five goals in 12 matches|
|2015/16:||– 7 goals in 34 matches||– three goals in five matches||– two goals in eight matches|
|2016/17:||– 15 goals in 26 matches||– two goals in five matches||– three goals in nine matches|
His record in Serie A was therefore a modest one but we know that this is a tough league for a striker in a division where most clubs have a defensive mindset. Since his second spell with Real Madrid, it’s clear that he can be prolific as a main centre forward and Chelsea fans will be hoping that this trend will continue.
Types of Offers
Alvaro Morata started Chelsea’s first league game with Burnley in 2017/18 on the subs’ bench but having scored he should become a regular starter. The types of enhanced offers that we’ve seen for other players will probably come his way now and the most basic of these would see a price boost for Morata to score in 90 minutes for a selected match.
Alternatively, a double of Chelsea to win and Morata to score wouldn’t be unexpected either. This type of new customer offer could well come from 888Sport, Paddy Power, BetBright and the newly branded SportNation among others.
For regular price boosts for existing customers, Morata to score first or Morata to score at least twice is a common theme for other players and we could expect these to come from SkyBet, Winner Sports and other outlets.
Alvaro Morata has just signed that deal with his new club Chelsea so he will be staying in West London for some time yet. He’s still only 24 so has his best years ahead of him and he should become established in the full Spanish side too.
In the longer term future who knows – maybe Real Madrid will come calling for a third time but we are certain that he will be the subject of a lot of interest from the sportsbooks this season and we will bring you the best Alvaro Morata enhanced odds deals as they drop in.