Conte told Chelsea need 24-year-old to do something special in title race

Pat Nevin highlights the importance of Alvaro Morata in Chelsea's title bid this season

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata Photo: Alvaro Morata / Instagram

Chelsea will need Alvaro Morata to be fully fit if the defending champions hope to do something special in the Premier League title race, according to Pat Nevin.

The Spain international was signed in a £58m deal from La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window to improve Antonio Conte’s attacking options.

Morata has wasted no time having an impact on the Chelsea team following a return of six goals in seven games in the Premier League to make the seamless adjustment to English football.

The 24-year-old scored Chelsea’s equaliser in a 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last week to maintain their 100 per cent start to the European campaign.

However, Morata was forced off in the first half of Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Premier League leaders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.

Former Chelsea winger Nevin believes Morata will hold the key to the defending champions’ prospects of overhauling Manchester City and Manchester United in the title race.

“To do something special in that period we are going to need Alvaro Morata back and hopefully that hamstring problem is only a tweak,” Nevin told Chelsea’s website.

“He certainly seemed to stop immediately after he felt it; it didn’t look like a ‘ping!’ moment as we say in the game.

“The tell-tale signs are familiar to all players and most fans when a hamstring strain is a bad one, so I would be mildly concerned as opposed to genuinely worried, but we will see.”

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

The Blues have already lost to Burnley and Manchester City this term, while the west London side played out a goalless draw with Arsenal.

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