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Chelsea legend Dennis Wise has expressed optimism that his former team-mate Gianfranco Zola can help Alvaro Morata to rediscover his goalscoring touch.

Morata has found the back of the net a meagre 3 times in 2018 and was linked with a move away from Chelsea this summer after his exclusion from Spain’s World Cup squad due to his poor form.

Regardless, the former club record signing is expected to lead the line for Sarri’s Blues although he has failed to meet expectations thus far.

Meanwhile, Wise believed that Sarri’s new assistant Gianfranco Zola can help to bring the best out of Morata.

“I think if we can get Morata scoring goals, I think that is very important,” the former Chelsea captain told Goal.

“Obviously last season he got a few injuries and not enough goals but I think he has a lot of quality.

“Once he builds his confidence and scores, you would have a real striker there. I think it has taken him a little bit of time to get used to the Premier League. Last season wasn’t his most outstanding season.

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“So I expect a bit more from him. I think he can learn from Gianfranco. I think it will be great and Franco will take him under his wing to help us. If he can get enough goals, then we would start to compete.

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“It is important that others share the load as well. [Olivier] Giroud is still there, they are people who can add to that tally and get more goals. I think it is important that they score as well, I think that is something that is a little bit lacking.”

Chelsea endured a poor 2017/18 campaign, missing out of the top 4 in the process, with Morata finding himself as a scapegoat.

However, Wise added that the current coaching staff will offer the forward their full support and help him rediscover his form.

“I don’t think Maurizio will, Franco will or the players will [turn their back on Morata],” the 51-year-old added.

“I think they will get behind him, so he is someone who you probably need to help a bit. You can see that he really wants to do well.

“Sometimes it doesn’t go as well as you want in your first season, so therefore you are looking for a little bit of help from personnel. There was obviously a lot of change around the club last season. There was a period of six months where there was a lot of upheaval, I would say, now it is all changed.

“I think everyone is looking forward in the season in a positive manner. What we want from Morata is an early goal and to hit the ground running and to make an impact. If he can do that, it can help the team.”

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