Striker showdown: Lukaku vs Morata

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Manchester United and Chelsea were in the market for a striker this off-season, and both recently got their man with the signings of Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata respectively.

As it worked out, the Belgian will wear red and the Spaniard will go blue, but if reports are to be believed it may well have gone the other way as Chelsea were the early favourites to re-sign their former player.

The Blues got 20 Premier League goals out of Diego Costa last season, but manager Antonio Conte reportedly told the Spain international that he is no longer wanted and Lukaku, who scored 25 from 37 appearances last season, has shown that he can do the business in the English top-flight.

“And not just that,” manager Jose Mourinho said after watching Lukaku score for United in their 2-0 pre-season win over Manchester City. “We also saw the team player that holds the ball, that waits for support, that allows the team to leave pressure zones and to keep possession in the opposition half.”

Morata, on the other hand, scored just 15 times for Real Madrid last season from 26 appearances, and has yet to be tested in the Premier League. The Spaniard has not scored more than 20 goals since his 23-goal haul for Madrid in 2013/14.

But Morata has never had the same kind of chance to shine as Lukaku had at Everton, and said he was convinced to join the Blues because how much faith Conte has shown in him already.

“I’m very conscious of that,” Morata said. “I feel indebted to him because he’s the coach that most trusted in me, most wanted me, who made me feel I could perform at the highest level.”

Morata may have joined Juventus soon after Conte departed, but the Italian manager reportedly urged the Italian giants to sign the Madrid-born forward.

During his stint in Turin, Morata scored home and away against Real in the Champions League semi-finals and scored their consolation in the 3-1 final defeat to Barcelona. Unlike Lukaku, he has experience playing and scoring at the highest level of European football.

So Morata has seen and done it all but still needs to prove that he can be main man up front and reliably break the 20-goal barrier in the Premier League, while Lukaku has proven his ability to do just that, but now also needs to show how he deals with the pressure of playing for a top club.

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