It has been really delightful and exciting to see Romelu Lukaku on the pitch as a Manchester United player. While Morata was United’s prime summer target, many of the fans were not sure about his credibility, particularly in the premier league. Though he would have been a good signing, Madrid’s reluctance to agree on a transfer fee might have come as a blessing in disguise for Manchester United.
Here are 5 reasons why Lukaku will prove to be a better signing than Morata:
Premier League proven: Since leaving Chelsea on loan for West Brom in the 2012/13 season, Lukaku has been a one of the most consistent strikers in the league. Scoring consistently in every season his lowest tally has been 16, and he has passed the 20-goal mark in each of the last three years.
Comparatively Morata has struggled to pass the 16-goal mark since establishing himself at Real in 2013/14; his highest tally in the league was 15 with Juventus the season after.
Clinical finisher: Having netted 26 times in the premier league last season, Romelu Lukaku’s conversion rate inside the box is second to none. He is clinical when it comes to converting chances into goals, converting 30% of his chances in the box, a conversion rate that is better than Luis Suarez’s 26.
On the other hand, Morata does not come close to the high conversion rate of the Belgian although the spaniard had a better minute to goal ratio last season.
Premier league adaptability: There have been lot of players coming in from foreign leagues with a high reputation but the fact that some of them have failed to perform in the premier league always worries managers when the go out to buy a high profile player from leagues outside England.
The physicality of the Premier league plays a huge role while competing in England. While Lukaku has scored and proven himself in the premier league, for the fact that his qualties such as strength and heading abilities are more suited to the premier league than that of the Spanish striker Morata who plays in a league which is far more technically sound.
Thus signing Lukaku in a way cuts out the precious time taken to settle in the premier league which might have been the case if United went on and signed Morata.
Well suited to the Mourinho System: Mourinho nonchalantly employs a 4-2-3-1 system season after season specially in the Premier league. Lukaku can fit well into the system as he can play upfront as the lone striker and also run through the channels. His pace and strength can cause defenders a plethora of problems.
Whilst Morata has a better dribble per match ratio, playing up alone as a lone striker has not been his forte. While he has the pace to beat defenders but lacks the strength to burst past defenders consistently.
His familiarity with current players: Romelu Lukaku is said to have a really healthy off field relationship with Paul Pogba who’s said to have played a key role in convincing the Belgian striker to come to Old Trafford instead of going to Chelsea.
The bonding can well show its worth on the field and if these two gel up together, we can see a partnership brimming on the field that can be quite exciting.
Many fans are worried about Lukaku’s first touch which is seen as a weakness in his game. Lukaku is only 24, if he can improve on his first touches which I am sure Mourinho will take care of, he can be the lethal striker United needed to fuel their title charge this season.
With three Premier league matches played, Romelu Lukaku already has three goals under his belt. Morata is not far behind with two goals and two assists in as many games. As the season progresses it will gradually be evident that both the players are well suited to the respective teams they have chosen to play for.
Check out our player ratings for the last match of Manchester United vs Leicester City