Frank Lampard likens Chelsea signing’s situation to Fernando Torres

The Chelsea legend heaps praise summer signing Alvaro Morata for his promising start to the season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata Photo: Alvaro Morata/Instagram

Frank Lampard is pleased to see Alvaro Morata make a bright start to his Chelsea career and the ex-midfielder hopes the summer signing can avoid the same fate as Fernando Torres.

The Premier League champions signed the Spain international in a £58m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the 2017 summer transfer window.

Morata has been signed to help replace the goal void left by Diego Costa, who has been frozen out at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte despite helping the Blues to win the title last term.

The summer signing’s transfer eclipsed the £50m fee that the west London side paid to sign Torres from Premier League rivals Liverpool back in 2011.

The former Atletico Madrid striker struggled to hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge despite his prolific goal record at the Merseyside outfit.

Morata, though, has already scored four goals in four games in the Premier League to make a promising start to his Chelsea career.

Former Blues midfielder Lampard is pleased to see Morata find his feet at the west London side in the opening weeks of the 2017-18 season.

“The circumstances surrounding Diego Costa at the moment makes Morata’s arrival even more of a talking point.

“People were always going to ask ‘is he going to be as strong as Costa? Are we going to see as much of him?’ So the way he has started, with three goals in four League matches, is a credit to him,” Lampard told the Evening Standard.

“That’s brilliant from Chelsea’s point of view because they are counting on him up front. When you have one striker like Morata leading the line, you need him fit and scoring goals.

“There is pressure on him, of course, after replacing Fernando Torres as Chelsea’s record buy. If he’d got off to a negative start, all eyes would have been on him a lot more. I remember when Chelsea signed Torres – it was a huge statement by the club at the time.”

Lampard added: “But there was a lot of talk around Fernando when he was struggling to score. The fans stuck behind him but you could see how he was taking the criticism from elsewhere personally. He was quietly spoken and at times when he was sitting in the dressing room, it looked like there was a huge weight on his shoulders.

“There is no answer to it other than scoring goals and it wasn’t coming easy for him. That is very tough to take, I don’t care what personality you have, so the fact Alvaro has hit the ground running takes that concern out of the equation.”

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season after finishing seven points clear of closest title rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

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

Davis Cup final 2017
The Sport Review
Davis Cup 2017: Can Goffin and Darcis lead giant-killer Belgium past France to victory at last?
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 sends warning to Chelsea ahead of Liverpool FC clash
The Sport Review
Sir Alex Ferguson privately raves about 20-year-old Man United star – report
The Sport Review
Antoine Griezmann talks up potential Man United transfer next year