Alvaro Morata Eden Hazard

It’s a partnership that’s reminding me of the good old days when Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink were leading the Chelsea team.

Gudjohnsen’s pace along with Hasselbaink’s power and core body strength at times carried the club to victories. Both were emphatic finishers too.

As a young boy I was brought up watching this pair getting the better of opposition defences time and time again. In our win against West Brom, I saw a glimpse of how good that strike partnership was.

Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata sent West Brom’s defenders in a constant loop. The only way to stop them was to foul them. Examples of this was when Gareth Barry chopped Hazard down, a minute later, the Belgian gets back up with the ball at his feet. Hazard then breezes past Barry fires a shot that was saved by the goalkeeper and Morata was quick to rebound home for the early lead.

Morata was also too hot to handle, winning the free-kick that Marcos Alonso pounced on, putting us 3-0 up at half-time.

The Spaniard may not look as physically imposing as Hasselbaink but he’ll surprise you with how strong he is on the ball. Gudjohnsen was unbelievably quick and agile when he joined the Blues at 21, bringing a new dimension to our attacking play.

Eidur Gudjohnsen And Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink Of Chelsea
Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink were hugely important for Chelsea’s team pre-Abramovich days.

Is Morata a better striker for Hazard than Diego Costa was?

Diego Costa was another fantastic striker for Chelsea. The goalscoring ability he had along with his combative attitude fired the Blues to great heights. However, his link up play, especially with Hazard could have been better. Costa also struggled for pace and frustrations got the better of him at times.

The speed of which Morata plays at really suits the characteristics the Belgian needs in a strike partner. Hazard may have played more as a winger when Costa was at the club but the connection between the two could have been stronger.

Time will tell as to how great this strike partnership can become but manager Antonio Conte may have just found something special upfront.

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