romelu lukaku vs alvaro morata

Romelu Lukaku vs Alvaro Morata – which would be better for Chelsea?

This season, Chelsea has relied heavily on Diego Costa for goals. The Spaniard has delivered the goods on many occasions and without his seventeen Premier League goals, Chelsea would be third in the League instead of first! Next season, however, a reliance on Diego Costa would almost be suicidal for Chelsea. As can be seen with his recent goal drought, Costa won’t always produce. This is why the Blues have been scouting a number of top strikers around Europe.

Two strikers on the radar of the 2012 Champions League winners are Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata. The big question now is, which of the duo would be a better acquisition for Chelsea?

Like was previously reiterated, Chelsea needs a new number nine. They do have £33 million signing, Michy Batshuayi. However, Antonio Conte does not rate Batshuayi and his best option would be the door. Diego Costa almost had his head turned by a £30 million per year war-chest, but his body language of late (despite a four-game barren run in front of goal) exudes commitment.

Conte is also a big fan of Costa; the Italian gaffer loves a striker with unrivalled work ethic, and Costa offers plenty. Antonio Conte has made the 3-4-3 formation work for him this season but it’s no secret he favours a 3-5-2 formation, with two deadly strikers up front.

Unless he hands in a transfer request, which isn’t beyond him, Conte’s first choice would remain Diego Costa. However, another striker with a sixth sense for goal will do Chelsea a lot of good as they head into the Champions League next term.

Both Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata are superb strikers in their own right. Still very young, 23 and 24 respectively, both strikers have the world at their feet. But surely, one would be a better signing. Below is an analysis of both players

Romelu Lukaku vs Alvaro Morata

Romelu Lukaku

The history of Everton football club cannot be written without the name of 23-year-old Romelu Lukaku being fondly mentioned. The big Belgian has scored his way into the heart of Everton fans within three years of being at Merseyside.

Romelu Lukaku left Chelsea in 2012 due to lack of playing time. But unlike most Chelsea youngsters who left the club, Lukaku decided to remain in the Premier League; that proved to be the turning point in his career. Less than five years after that move, he’s become one of the best goal machines in the country.

Romelu Lukaku is one striker who cannot easily be bullied. His big muscles are put to good use when he comes up against defenders and he usually comes out on top in one-v-one situations. Lukaku is fast and has proven he’s a striker who can also create goals. The former West Brom loanee has six assists to his name this season.

Playing for a team like Everton, Romelu Lukaku has outshone every other goalscorer in the Premier League this season. The Belgian goal-machine has scored 24 league goals in thirty-two games this campaign.

Romelu Lukaku can now be considered Chelsea quality. If given the opportunity, he can shine brightly on a big stage and deserves another shot with Chelsea. Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba said on Lukaku:

“He knows the house already and I think he wants to prove he can be successful here, he didn’t get the chance to do it.”

“Chelsea is his club since he was young, so why not? He wants to be the best. He’s really working hard to become the best.”

Alvaro Morata

The 24-year-old Spanish striker has had somewhat of a topsy-turvy career so far. First, he caught the eye of Juventus who signed him from Real Madrid in 2014. However, the Los Blancos added a buy-back clause which they activated in the summer of 2016 to bring back Morata to the club for £23 million.

Morata had been a regular for Juventus, but his goal return was quite low as he never reached double figures in a single competition for Juventus. However, his quick feet, skill and ability to create goals for his teammates was enough for Real Madrid to buy him back, just two years after leaving the Spanish capital.

This season, despite his lack of minutes, he’s still managed to score twelve goals for Real Madrid in the La Liga – his highest goal tally in a single competition since he turned pro.

Alvaro Morata’s biggest problem is Zinedine Zidane’s preference for Karim Benzema as Real Madrid’s first choice striker. This could ultimately prove to be the reason why Morata will leave his boyhood club. Chelsea or Arsenal could be a new haven.

Which striker should Chelsea buy?

The choice, in the end, will be Michael Emenalo and Antonio Conte’s to make. But if we are to make a pick from recent form; Romelu Lukaku stands head and shoulders above Alvaro Morata. If Chelsea could sign Lukaku, then, in the words of Didier Drogba “it will be great for the club.”

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