Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has become the first player in Premier League history to both score and assist in each of his first two home games.
The big-money signing from Real Madrid this summer didn’t get his Blues career off to the best of starts as he missed a penalty in the Community Shield loss at the hands of London rivals Arsenal earlier in the month at Wembley.
However, it’s safe to say he’s recovered from that disappointment.
Making an immediate impact on his Stamford Bridge debut against Burnley on the opening weekend of the new season, the striker reduced the deficit with a fine diving header and then played a part in David Luiz’s goal with a deft flick-on.
He’s repeated the trick in the first-half against Everton on Saturday. The only difference is he achieved it in the reverse order. Firstly he combined with compatriot Cesc Fabregas for the midfielder to break the deadlock and then got on the end of Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross to double the lead.
Both goals were made and scored in Spain which has allowed Morata to create a piece of history by both scoring and assisting in each of his first two home games in the top flight of English football.
‘I’m happy because I scored, I took an assist and the team won,’ Morata said.
‘It was an important win. At Stamford Bridge we need to win all the games or try to take the three points. We played well. It’s very difficult to play against Everton and the team did a very good job. We didn’t give opportunities to Everton.
‘It was a perfect day and now when we come back from our national teams we will keep working for the next match.’
Morata said it is ‘amazing’ to play alongside Cesc Fabregas, a player he loved watching growing up. His fellow Spaniard is just one member of the squad making Morata feel at home in west London a month after his transfer from Real Madrid was confirmed.
‘It’s important for me to play and to make adaptations to my game. It’s not easy: a new country, another language, another style of football.
‘I need time for all the things in the Premier League but I’m okay, my team-mates give me a hand to make it easy and I’m very happy to be here.’