Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United all have a new front man vying to lead their team to the title.
With the Premier League kicking off in under two weeks we will finally get a glimpse of three marquee strikers lacing up for their new clubs following blockbuster summer transfers. Over the course of a two week period, Lacazette, followed by Lukaku and Morata all signed for their new clubs respectively with shoulders weighted with expectation before they had even played a pre-season game.
Lacazette, a £46.5m signing from Lyon was the most prolific in terms of getting the ball in the back of the net last term with 36 goals in all competitions for the 16/17 season. In fact only six players in Europe’s top five leagues scored more. Of course the reoccurring depth and competition criticism of the French league is called into question repeatedly which creates scepticism over his ability to repeat these feats in the Premier League. The fact his conversion rate and minutes per goal is greater than both Lukaku and Morata as well as any Arsenal player, the fans have good reason to be excited.
One man who is proven and needs no introduction in the Premier League is Romelu Lukaku who is MUFC’s new £75m striker left to fill the boots of the recently departed Zlatan Ibrahimović. With 25 League goals last season only bettered by Spurs Harry Kane, he is one of only four players to score more than 80 goals before their 24th birthday, with the likes of Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen. His consistency is shown by being one of three players to score a minimum of 10 goals in the past five seasons. He has undoubtedly proven his worth in the English League but a hefty price tag and the weight of expectation can throw any top player off their game.
The last to sign was former Juventus and Real Madrid no.9 Alvaro Morata for a cool £60m. Scoring 15 goals in just 14 starts for Los Blanco’s last season shows us why he decided to leave for more game time. In fact he played nearly 2,000 minutes less than Lukaku in the 16/17 season and has never completed more than 1,500 minutes of game time in a single season. This begs the question if the intensity and demand of the English game will take their toll on the Spaniard. However with two Champions League Winners medals in his locker and league titles from two countries, Morata on paper is more than up to the task of leading the Blues in their bid to defend the title. At just 24, the same as Romelu, he has definitely vastly more experience than his age suggests.
Each forward has a unique trait that the others do not and with all of them playing their opening game at home when the League kicks off it is both interesting and exciting to see how they perform in front of the respective home fans.
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