Lukaku or Alvaro Morata: Debate Continues
Roman Abramovich, the Blues owner, has set £70 million aside to spend on a new striker in the upcoming transfer window but, according to reports, there is behind-the-scenes conflict over whether to go for the Everton striker or the Real Madrid forward.
Romelu Lukaku of Everton is preferred by technical director Michael Emenalo, while head coach Antonio Conte wants to sign Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata – who he worked with at Juventus.
Lukaku has a better goal scoring record and he also has the experience of playing in Premier League.He is currently the top scorer of the league by netting 21 goals and he only takes 117 minutes to score a goal whereas Chelsea’s current forward Diego Costa takes 136 minutes to score a goal.
On the other side Morata wants to leave Real Madrid due to lacks of chances. Stats also shows that Morata’s creativity is better than Lukaku despite playing fewer minutes than him.
Losing Costa would be a huge blow for Chelsea, as neither Lukaku nor Morata can emulate his excellence as an all-round footballer.
Both excel at different parts of the game, with the Belgian a prolific goalscorer and Morata more adept at bringing his teammates into play.
But Chelsea want to sign a striker to fire them to Premier League and European glory, and Morata can not match Lukaku in terms of his class in front of goal.
The Spaniard’s defensive work and hold up play is what makes him stand out, but he is not actually that much better at that side of the game than Lukaku – certainly not better enough to prioritise signing Morata over a pure goalscorer.