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Spain striker Alvaro Morata has 'fantastic future' - Roberto Martinez

Spain striker Alvaro Morata has the potential to be an excellent player in the future, according to former Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

Morata, 23, was criticised for his performance in the 1-0 win over the Czech Republic as he was substituted without scoring but Martinez, working as a pundit for ESPN at Euro 2016, said that the Juventus striker is still developing

"I feel Morata has a fantastic future," he told ESPN FC. "He is still learning the game and developing, as he is still a very young man. He has had two fantastic years at Juventus where he has had an impact and to have played the amount of games that he has played, scoring important goals.

"It's a very difficult position to play. If you look at any team in the Euros, then the No. 9 is extremely difficult."

Spain controlled possession but required a late goal from Gerard Pique to beat the Czechs and Martinez insists that they don't have to worry too much about their performance.

"Spain have started a lot better than people think because there was a worry that when they start big tournaments they never get a win," he said. "I think it was a big focus on the team to control that game and they did so very well.

"I am sure you're going to see a different pace to their attacking play. Against Czech Republic there was a bit of static movement from their forward players; Nolito, Morata and David Silva are players they need to make those forward runs. In terms of control and showing their authority it was a good performance against the Czechs though."

Jon is a senior editor of ESPN FC, based in London.


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