FEELING THE HEAT: Chelsea ace admits he is feeling ‘pressured’
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata appears to be already feeling the mounting pressure on his shoulders after his £70m move from Real Madrid. He feels a significant burden and he's felt a bit of a backlash in the first few weeks.
-I admit [the fee is] a very important amount, but I have personality to play quietly and go about my work, Morata told Spanish outlet Marca.
-I have only played two pre-season games, 15 official minutes and a missed penalty [in the Community Shield], and they're already killing me, so I know what's ahead, he added.
The demands are certainly not a surprise for Morata, though, given the nature of his transfer and he's looking to use the pressure and expectation to help him thrive.
And Although Diego Costa is still technically a Chelsea player for now, Morata arrived at the Bridge to replace his unsettled international colleague and some view it as a risk for the club.
Premier League pundit Jamie Redknapp told the Daily Mail, -Exiling Costa and bringing in Alvaro Morata is one of the biggest trades I can remember in the Premier League. Nobody really knows how Morata is. It could go wrong quite quickly.
Alvaro Morata and Chelsea welcome Burnley in their Premier League opening fixture, many will be looking at how the Champions pick up last season’s tremendous form.