Atlético Madrid’s striker Álvaro Morata makes me recall a boisterous and boozy dinner I had in Fulham back in 2006.
At the table: Walter Smith, Frank Lampard, Martin O’Neill, Bill “Blood” McCulloch, the Chelsea and Scotland physio, Ian McGarry and player agent Steve Kutner.
It was intense, funny and so noisy at one point that Arjen Robben, seated at the next table, jumped half out of his chair in fright when the Scotland manager roared at Bill “Blood”, who wanted to quit and join the England set-up. Walter went on, with Sahara-dry wit, to categorise his international strikers, Kenny Miller and Kris Boyd, as: “one can play but not score… the other vice versa.
“If you could combine them…” he grimaced.
Now Morata, pictured, possesses both skills – playmaker and scorer. But, starting tomorrow at the Camp Nou, it’s high time he decided which talent is more important to him and his team.