Celtic legend says new Chelsea striker is the most clever in Premier League

Morata celebrates after scoring against Leicester City in the Premier League

Alvaro Morata is the most clever Premier League striker currently according to BBC Match of the Day 2 Extra pundit Chris Sutton.

The Spaniard scored a goal against Leicester City last weekend, making it a third in his first four games on English soil.

He has scored all three goals with his head, while assisting a further two, firming up the view he may have settled quickly in the English top flight.

Morata arrived from Real Madrid, having not been able to oust Karim Benzema from Zinedine Zidane’s first team but has been trusted by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and he is repaying the faith.

Sutton believes the 24-year old may just be the cleverest forward in the Premier league despite the presence of top players like Sergio Aguero, Sadio Mane and last season’s top scorer, Harry Kane.

He is good striker. He is not a direct replacement for [Diego] Costa in the way he plays but his movement in some ways is better than Costa’s. He is really really clever and his goal against Leicester epitomizes that, peeling off the back of Wes Morgan.

And he can finish because he is a really brilliant finisher. Conte has worked with him before although he didn’t seem to be up to speed with fitness in pre season but he is such a clever player and a really brilliant signing.

Chris Sutton, BBC

Morata was signed from Real Madrid for £73m last summer and has been brought in to replace unwanted striker Diego Costa, who is said to be keen on returning to Atletico Madrid.

Morata’s start will delight Conte who is eager to be vindicated after his ongoing feud with Costa. The striker revealed in June he received a text from the Italian manager telling him, he won’t be part of his team this season.

Meanwhile, Costa was unable to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge and is likely to remain with Chelsea until January, when he can play for Atletico when their transfer embargo is lifted. What is unknown is whether he will play a part in Chelsea’s campaign this season.