Reports have emerged in recent days suggesting that Chelsea will actively try to loan out Alvaro Morata in January. According to these reports from Spain, the Chelsea board have come to this decision themselves having lost patience with the £59 million signing. Maurizio Sarri is supposedly still keen to work with the striker.
However, Sarri’s decision to leave Morata out of the entire squad against Manchester City would suggest that he is probably fine with the club’s stance on Morata.
Sending the Spaniard out on loan is definitely for the best. After more than an entire season of very poor play, his transfer value has plummeted. If Chelsea tried to sell him now, they would be lucky to collect half of what they paid Real Madrid to sign the 26-year-old. Plus, which club would be brave enough to pay £20 million or more to sign him right now?
Chelsea need to loan the striker to a club at which he will be playing every week against poorer, less physical opposition than Premier League teams. He can regain some form and score some goals for one of the Italian clubs that are interested in him, such as AC Milan. Only then can Chelsea come close to making their money back when they sell him for good.
Chelsea should not be tempted to make Morata resume his Chelsea career if he does have success on loan. He has had enough chances to show that he can play as a lone striker for a top club. He cannot. His finishing is not particularly good, nor is his instinct for an opportunity.
He cannot hold the ball up as he constantly falls over. Morata is a substitute option at best. He was at Juventus, he was at Real Madrid and he should be at Chelsea. It is time to let him go.