Did Chelsea make a mistake with January transfer deal?

Alvaro Morata

On Sunday, Chelsea and Manchester United toiled to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, a result which suited the Blues’ interests far more than the Red Devils.

However, despite the crucial away point for Chelsea, a constant feature of the second half was the profligate nature of striker Gonzalo Higuain.

The on-loan Argentinian forward turned in a torrid display against United and left Chelsea fans wondering what might have been if they had not loaned out Alvaro Morata in January.

Morata endured a disappointing start to the season at Stamford Bridge and the decision to loan him to Atletico Madrid looked a sensible transfer at the time.

However, the Spaniard has now scored six goals in 13 league appearances for Atletico and is in excellent form in La Liga. As Higuain struggles, Morata is enjoying tremendous success in front of goal and appears a man reborn in Madrid.

Chelsea’s current centre-forward, on the other hand, passed up numerous opportunities to win the match for Chelsea against United. The most egregious miss came deep into stoppage time, when Higuain was through on goal, but instead chipped a weak shot that cannoned off David de Gea and out for a corner.

In addition, Higuain showed his severe lack of pace and positional awareness by being caught offside numerous times in the weekend match, ending Chelsea attacks.

With the Blues getting little return from the Argentine, they might just be regretting the decision to offload Morata in January.

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Author: Max Cohen