Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has instructed ESPN FC that he has been stunned by the consistency and bodily qualities that Alvaro Morata has proven for the Blues this season, including that he considers the 25-year-old to be one of many world’s most skilful strikers.
Morata has made a formidable begin to life at Stamford Bridge since becoming a member of from Actual Madrid for a club-record preliminary payment of £58 million final summer time, contributing seven objectives and three assists in 10 Premier League appearances.
A hamstring harm picked up on the finish of September briefly disrupted Morata’s momentum however he ended a seven-match purpose drought with the winner in Chelsea’s 1-Zero victory over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge final weekend, and Zola revealed he has been impressed with the Spain worldwide’s speedy affect.
Talking on the launch of his new restaurant close to Stamford Bridge, Unico, Zola stated: “I knew already from Italy that he had superb qualities, however what’s stunning me is his consistency to date.
“I’ve at all times stated he is a really proficient participant, one of the vital skilful together with his toes in his place on the planet, however what he is proving on this league is being robust, being decided. Truthfully I did not know he had that and it is good for him, it is good for Chelsea and hopefully he can proceed as he has.”
Zola can be an admirer of Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.
“He’s a participant who has impressed me very a lot because the first day I noticed him,” Zola added. “He is grown a lot in stature and he is most likely impressed me probably the most [among the new signings at Chelsea].”
Morata’s kind has been one of many largest positives in a troubled begin to the season for Chelsea. Accidents and inconsistent performances have left Antonio Conte’s males 9 factors adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis and second to Roma of their Champions League group.
Chelsea legend Roberto Di Matteo believes the added burden of European commitments has sophisticated issues for Conte this season, however insisted that the membership nonetheless have the standard to attain their targets so long as they keep away from any additional accidents to key gamers.
“There is definitely the added stress of the European competitions,” he instructed ESPN FC. “Final season they’d a complete week to arrange every sport within the Premier League, which actually helped. Additionally you do not spend as a lot power as you do that season.
“But in addition the rivals [for the title] within the Premier League have improved. They’ve signed some superb gamers. It is nonetheless early days to say who’s going to win it however actually there looks like one staff that’s [surging] forward and the others must play a little bit of catch-up.
“Once you’re concerned in all of the competitions you clearly want a little bit of depth. There have been some discussions about that over the summer time [at Chelsea]. To this point it appears fairly OK to me — I am undecided if the supervisor feels he has sufficient depth, however the high quality is there. If [Chelsea] haven’t got too many accidents and suspensions, I feel the staff might be robust sufficient.”
Zola added: “There’s nonetheless a good distance [to go]. In a league just like the English one I feel December is an important month the place there are loads of video games.
“This 12 months the groups concerned within the Champions League having to take care of two competitions, now they’re OK, however additional alongside within the season I feel they may have just a few issues. I feel accidents and the type of key gamers will play an enormous half. There’s nonetheless a protracted solution to go and nobody has to really feel out of [contention].”
Chelsea’s on-pitch setbacks, coupled with reviews of pressure between Conte and the membership’s hierarchy that intensified with the shock resignation of technical director Michael Emenalo this week, have fuelled hypothesis that the pinnacle coach might depart Stamford Bridge on the finish of the season or sooner if outcomes dip.
Zola stays beloved at Chelsea due to the seven illustrious years he spent on the membership as a participant, and has by no means hidden his dream to handle the Blues.
“It is a query with an apparent reply!” he added when requested if he would take the job. “Chelsea for me has at all times been an enormous half [of my life], however I feel Antonio is doing an important job and so long as somebody does a great job for the membership we’re very pleased with that. We’ll see what occurs.”
Di Matteo, nonetheless, didn’t appear as open to a second spell within the job he was sacked from in November 2013 after profitable the Champions League and FA Cup, saying with a smile: “I’ve achieved my half!”
Liam is ESPN FC’s Chelsea correspondent. Comply with him on Twitter: @Liam_Twomey.