The news buzzing in the media is Chelsea’s signing of Spanish striker, Alvaro Morata. The Spaniard is the second biggest transfer in the Premier league this summer after Manchester United’s signing of Romelu Lukaku.
These two strikers were being chased by both clubs, but United pulled the shot first by signing the Belgian whom many believed was Chelsea-bound. But Chelsea now have the striker United wanted first. Certainly the debate on which of the two is the better signing will surely be a favourite topic for football fans, pundits and the media. Here are two reasons why I think Morata is a better signing for Chelsea than Lukaku:
BIG GAME MENTALITY & INFLUENCE:
What actually does a player need to be considered great? Two words define great players – ‘mentality’ & ‘influence’. Why the likes of Messi, Drogba, Lampard, Xavi, Ronaldo and so many others are being referred to and seem as great players is because of their mentality and influence in games that matter the most. They go into these games with all or nothing mentality, being fearless, imposing and battle-ready to do anything to swing the game in favour of their teams. That’s the difference between greatness and mediocrity. Great players are defined by their game influence. In this regard, Morata is a better big game player than Lukaku. He has scored in big games, goals against Real Madrid & Barcelona in the Champions league semifinals and finals and in other crucial games. While Lukaku’s scoring ratio against the Premier league top 6 is appalling. Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville had this to say:
“I have watched Lukaku and I am a big fan, but I see him in the big games and I don’t see a player that grabs and wins a big game on his own.
“I still think there are question marks against Lukaku.”
Let the jury decide.
BIG CLUB MENTALITY :
Another significant edge Morata has over Lukaku is in terms of big club mentality. How well can both players manage the pressure of playing and leading the line for their clubs? Manchester United and Chelsea are the most successful clubs in England in over two decades now. For Morata, he has the experience of having played for both Real Madrid and Juventus. He won’t be awed by the pressures that will definitely come at Chelsea. For Lukaku, his last big club being Chelsea was too big for him that he jumped ship to Everton. Four years Jose Mourinho gave a hint about this:
“Romelu was always very clear with us with his mentality and his approach was not highly motivated to come to a competitive situation with Chelsea,” said Mourinho.
Just recently, his manager now feels the striker has a lot to prove at a big club with this statement:
“We got a big player, a player that I can compare with what he was a few years ago, because he worked with me for a few months [at Chelsea] and his development was very good. We have a player who is now a top player. You have to prove it at the highest level, he has to do it for United, in Champions League matches, but he has amazing qualities.”
The die is cast, but based on striker value and qualities, Morata gets my vote. I’d love to get your opinions on this. Celebrate#team true blues#cheers!