Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has come out in support of team-mate Alvaro Morata after the Spaniard's recent struggles in front of goal. 

The former Real Madrid man scored seven goals in his first eight games for the North London outfit, but could only manage five in the next 21 appearances. The player was heavily criticised after the match against Arsenal, but Rudiger has come out in support of the young number 9. 

Speaking to Standard Sport after the ​0-0 EFL Cup draw against Arsenal, the German international said: "As a striker it’s normal that you want to score. Of course there are a times when the head is down a little bit," quoted Sportslens

"It’s just a difficult period for him and I hope the best for him. Sometimes there are spells when you score and don’t score, but his effort for the team is good and he always tries. If he scores again, everything will be fine."

Rudiger's open support could give Morata's faltering confidence a boost as he looks to put the rough patch behind him. The striker was brought in for a whopping £58m, and a burden this heavy could have been weighing him down. But with the Russia World Cup on the horizon, the player must find a way to get back to his lethal best.