Chelsea vs Southampton confirmed teams: Blues fans fume as Alvaro Morata named in starting XI

Alvaro Morata returns to the Chelsea starting XI for their match against Southampton on Wednesday but fans were less than impressed with this news.

The striker has been out of favour at the Blues following a knee injury with his last Premier League start coming at the start of December in their defeat to Wolves.

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Alvaro Morata has struggled for goals

He did come off the bench in Chelsea’s win over Crystal Palace on Sunday after Olivier Giroud picked up an injury.

Eden Hazard has been utilised in a false nine role in recent matches and there was speculation that he could be heading for the exit.

Hazard has scored four and got two assists in his last five matches while Morata has just five Premier League goals all season.

Morata has also admitted 2018 has been a “very complicated” year for him professionally.

The Spain international has not endeared himself to fans with many bemoaning the fact he has been restored to the starting line-up against Southampton.

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