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Many reasons why Morata should consider staying with Real Madrid

Many reasons why Morata should consider staying with Real Madrid
From ESPN - July 17, 2017

Having solved the issue of James Rodriguez by sending him on loan to Bayern Munich, Real Madrid have one more unsatisfied player who could leave during the summer: Alvaro Morata.

Like James, Morata's search for a new team after the season ended is based on his desire to feel important or, even more, to feel key, instrumental, necessary for his team's success.

Morata wants to start in as many matches as possible and, judging by his last season in Madrid under Zinedine Zidane, he knows this will not happen if he stays. The Spanish striker scored 20 goals in 43 matches, although only 26 of those encounters were played in La Liga.

With Zidane appearing to consider that Morata is not good enough to be a first-choice starter, the player has decided to leave. If a move to Manchester United did not come off, perhaps Chelsea or Milan will.

But the ambition of the 24-year-old striker, while understandable, might also be misguided. For the move abroad to be successful -- defining success as 50-plus matches played per season -- Morata would have to be the main offensive reference for the team in question and that is hardly something that could be guaranteed beforehand by any of the aforementioned squads.

During his two-year spell with Juventus he had plenty of competition, so ended up playing a similar number of total matches than he did last season with Real Madrid -- 46 and 47 -- but scoring less: 15 and 12 goals respectively. At this competitive level, it's hard to secure a starting spot as a centre-forward or, put in different terms, you have to be extraordinary to do so.

And Morata is not. He's a solid scorer, but even though he does show glimpses of great talent, his limitations also are clear. He strikes the ball well with both feet and his head, moves constantly and links up better with the midfield since he played for Juventus. But he lacks that touch of either genius or consistency that would guarantee him a spot in Madrid's starting XI.

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