After scoring his first senior goal for the club against Levante this weekend what can we tell you about the young Spaniard being given a chance by Jose Mourinho?
Valencia suffered a deluge of rainfall yesterday. As Real Madrid most likely arrived in the area for their fixture with Levante the Valencia race-track was staging a rain affected MotoGP meeting. Jorge Lorenzo, Cal Crutchlow and Nicky Hayden were among the many riders who tried and failed to keep their bikes upright on a dramatically slippy surface and that same rain had been pouring on to the City of Valencia Stadium for the majority of the day and evening turning the venue into a swamp for the fixture between The Frogs and Los Merengues.
The result was a scrappy affair which seemed to be tumbling to a 1-1 draw after Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener was cancelled out just after the hour mark by home team striker Angel.
However with just six minutes remaining unknown quantity Alvaro Morata got his head onto the ball to steal the points for Real. Jose Mourinho recently criticised the youth system at the club so to see a Cantera produced substitute come on to save two points would have been dramatic irony welcomed by the ‘Special One’.
Here is the goal …
So here are a few facts about Real Madrid’s most recent goalscoring hero.
1. Alvaro Morata is a Madridista at heart; born in the city he has previously been on the books of the cities other two major footballing sides Atletico and Getafe before signing as a youth player for Los Blancos in 2008.
2. In the youth team he scored 34 goals in the 09-10 season and earned promotion to the Real Madrid B team as well as a place on the pre-season tour of the United States.
3. He made his debut for the first team in December 2010 against Real Zaragoza and after an injury to Gonzalo Higuain before the turn of the year he was touted as his replacement in the first team. Jose Mourinho however felt he was not yet ready for such responsibility and signed Emmanuel Adebayor on loan instead.
4. He has been a regular for Spain’s youth teams representing his nation at under-17, 18 and 19 level. Last year he was top-scorer at the UEFA under-19 Championships in Romania with six goals.
5. Due to his height, aerial ability and clinical finishing he has been compared to former Real Madrid favourite Fernando Morientes.
What do you make of the 20-year-old Spaniard?
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