Despite scoring twice for Chelsea, in their Callum Hudson-Odoi inspired 2-0 Emirates FA Cup victory against Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Alvaro Morata didn’t look happy. Did he rip his shirt off, twirl it around his head, and throw it in the crowd when he scored? No chance. Did his kiss the badge? No. He didn’t even smile. His whole body language suggested he didn’t want to be on that pitch. On 75 minutes, when César Azpilicueta replaced him, he disappeared straight down the tunnel. At the end, Cesc Fàbregas took the public applause in what should be his last game for an English club. Privately Morata might be hoping the same thing with Seville, at 7/4, his next port of call.
Number 10 Shirt?
As for Hudson-Odoi, he looked the part against Forest especially when switched to the right after a sad looking Ruben Loftus-Cheek departed with a 42 minute injury. Loftus-Cheek had lost his opportunity to showcase his talents to potential buyers leaving the stage open to the 18 year old Hudson-Odoi who’s 5/6 to join Bayern Munich. Apparently, Bayern have their number 10 shirt with his name on it already. Dutch playmaker, 34 year old Arjen Robben, currently owns that shirt! Hudson-Odoi’s asking price could reach £40 million and Chelsea might feel tempted as his contract expires in 2020. If Chelsea hold on it could be because they see him as a replacement for Eden Hazard.
Chelsea still haven’t found a suitable replacement for Diego Costa and Edinson Cavani, who will be 32 on valentine’s day, could be the short-term fix they need this season. Since 2010 he’s averaged more than a goal every other game and in 109 games for Uruguay, he’s scored 46 times. He’s Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time record goalscorer and he might relish one last challenge in the Barclays Premier League.
At the age of 17 Marc started working for the local Echo in Southampton and even made the sports pages himself when selected for Hampshire youth. But a serious back injury, sustained after a car crash on his way back from a party from Bournemouth, put paid to his sporting career. So now he writes about it.