At Stamford Bridge on Sunday, as Chelsea defeated Manchester United, many thoughts might have been reverberating through the minds of both board members of both clubs. The transfer dust that was raised by both clubs decisions to sign both Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata was spectacular. Chelsea’s interest in Lukaku was bettered by Manchester United and, vice versa.
The game was further indication of which club had secured the best deal. Both strikers came into the game on the back of barren runs in front of goal, and surely the onus was on who would prove decisive in the game. This battle was won by Morata.
Here are 3 ways Morata has proved he’s the better deal:
BIG GAME INFLUENCE:
So far in the league, both strikers have been in rich form, but the best strikers are judged by their big game influence. On this evidence, Morata has been the better player. Scoring against Atletico Madrid and United while most of Lukaku’s goals have come against smaller teams. Morata once again delivered when it mattered most for Chelsea against Lukaku’s United.
TEAM PLAY INFLUENCE:
In terms of who is a better team player, Morata edges Lukaku. His linkup play, his foil to attract defenders with his excellent movements on and off the ball opens up space for his team mates to run in and have a chance at goal as well as his hold-up play have been superb this season for Chelsea. On the other hand, Lukaku’s sturdiness makes him predictable and easy to defend against.
The potentiality of Lukaku being United’s record transfer is the same as Morata’s status at Chelsea. The star player effect is the ability of a player to influence a game and his team with his qualities. While Lukaku is more of a bullish striker and can hardly initiate and alternate to a new style of play when his power to overpower teams wane, Morata is a brain box capable of initiating attacks with his team mates, dropping deep to help in possession play and still price to be an excellent assist provider.
More is still to come in the battle of the strikers as the season progress, but for now Morata outshines Lukaku. Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!