Rio Ferdinand makes admission to Chelsea fans about Alvaro Morata
Rio Ferdinand explains why he has been so impressed by Alvaro Morata's start to life at Chelsea
Rio Ferdinand has labelled Alvaro Morata as the “quiet assassin” after his strong start to life as a Chelsea player.
The Spanish forward continued his brilliant start to the season with the west London side when he scored an impressive hat-trick in Chelsea’s thumping 4-0 win over Stoke on Saturday.
Morata has now scored six goals in his first six Premier League outings for Antonio Conte’s men.
There had been some question marks about how long it would take the 24-year-old to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League following his transfer from Real Madrid back in July.
However, Morata has hit the ground running as Chelsea look to the Spaniard to fill the void left by Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge.
And former Manchester United defender Ferdinand has been thoroughly impressed by what he has seen from Morata so far in a Chelsea shirt.
Speaking to BT Sport on Saturday, Ferdinand said: “Difficult question [choosing between Costa and Morata]. They’re different players.
“You’ve got Costa, who’s very aggressive and physical. He’s emotionally involved in football matches and score goals.
“Morata is the quiet assassin. He’s got class – his goal record where ever he’s been [shows that]. I think he’s a great fit for Chelsea.
“He’s an exquisite finisher – but he’s very clean in the way he plays. I really like him with Eden Hazard and Willian in behind.”
Morata will be hoping to start for Chelsea when the Blues return to Champions League action on Wednesday night with a trip to Spain to take on Atletico Madrid.
The Blues kicked off their European campaign with a 6-0 thrashing of Qarabag earlier this month.