Chelsea told Alvaro Morata could flop next season

Dean Saunders has suggested that Alvaro Morata could follow in Andriy Shevchenko's footsteps and flop at Chelsea

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Alvaro Morata is set to sign for Chelsea Photo: Alvaro Morata / Instagram

Dean Saunders has suggested that Alvaro Morata could flop at Chelsea after his move to the Stamford Bridge club was confirmed this week.

Chelsea announced on Wednesday afternoon that they had agreed a deal with Real Madrid to bring the 24-year-old Spain international to west London after having been heavily linked with a move to sign the striker for much of the summer.

Morata had been heavily linked with Manchester United for much of the summer but has ended up moving to Chelsea.

However, Saunders has warned that signing Morata represents a “gamble” and pointed to Andriy Shevchenko’s failed time at Chelsea as a possible warning for the Blues over Morata.

Speaking on talkSPORT, Sanders said: “Turn the clock back a while, Shevchenko signs for Chelsea.

“Everybody in the world would have signed him and it didn’t happen for him.

“Whether it was the different country, didn’t settle in, played with a different partner than he used to play with.

“It’s always a gamble. I think the only safe bets you’ve got are people like (Alan) Shearer and Michael Owen, people who have been brought up in this country and done it for 10 years on the bounce.

“(Jermain) Defoe, I keep going on about him, he’s the nearest thing to a safe bet.

“If Defoe played for any of the top six next year and played every week, he’d get 15-20 goals. What’s that worth? Free transfer he was.”

Morata is set to become Chelsea’s fourth signing of the summer after the arrivals of Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The west London side are aiming to defend their Premier League title next season as they also gear up for a return to the Champions League in Antonio Conte’s second campaign in charge.

MORE: Latest Chelsea news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

The Sport Review
Shanghai Masters 2017: Rampant Roger Federer downs Rafael Nadal for 94th career title
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Michael Owen reacts to Liverpool’s 7-0 win at Maribor
The Sport Review
Length of Chelsea star Victor Moses’ injury lay-off confirmed – report
The Sport Review
Juan Mata states his prediction for Benfica v Man United