Alvaro Morata could be the ideal long-term replacement for Diego Costa
We would never know that whether it is the International jinx for Diego Costa or a well thought plan by Jose Mourinho to not allow his star striker rust himself in International fixtures midweek.
Just like any other occasion, someone’s loss brings about positive news for someone in line waiting for the call. Diego Costa’s absence has presented Juventus’ striker Alvaro Morata.
Diego Costa will miss the international fixture due to his fragile hamstring. Earlier this week Jose Mourinho called his star striker a fragile player and has grown concerned about him lasting the entire season.
Costa’s injury could hand Morata his first crack at national side as the Juventus striker has been in good run of form scoring 7 goals in 22 league games. Morata’s most recent goal came against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League’s round of 16 clash.
Morata joined Juventus from Real Madrid where he failed to create a substantial impact after coming through the ranks Los Blanco’s youth academy. Morata is seen as the ideal replacement of Chelsea’s striker Diego Costa as Morata has a similar profile as to Costa.
Juventus man is Strong in the air and dangerous when running at defences, he can also shoot from distance. Morata is hoping to draw positives from his time playing for the junior side and winning the European under-21 title in 2013.
Speaking ahead of his call-up for the national side, Morata said:
‘I will have to work very hard to get any playing time,’ he told a news conference at Spain’s training base outside Madrid on Tuesday.
‘There are a lot of people who are in great shape and it will be tough to get into the side but I will give my all,’ he added.
‘I am playing well for my team. I am very happy with my season and I am coming here to enjoy myself, to try to perform and to learn.’
Morata’s stock has been on the rise as he has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks. With Morata called for the national setup, it would further add 5 million to his already rising market value.
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