With Diego Costa proving the only forward in Chelsea’s squad wielding a vaguely impressive recent goal scoring record, the striker position is an area in need of investment.
To ensure success next season and avoid Costa crumbling under the burden, the Blues should plump for a proven forward. Excitingly for supporters there has been no lack of names being thrown around the press.
Perhaps the most frequented name proves Alvaro Morata. However, the Spanish striker is not for whom Chelsea should vie. It would simply prove an expensive risk they can’t afford to take.
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The press has been flooded with rumours linking Morata to a number of clubs this summer. Chelsea have eventually emerged as the side most closely associated with a move for the Juventus man.
The Daily Telegraph has even proposed that the west London side has initiated talks with the Spaniard’s personnel. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that a bid for the 23-year-old is on the cards.
While forwards such as Romelu Lukaku and Gonzalo Higuain have also been proposed, it appears Morata tempts Antonio Conte the most.
It’s even been suggested that Real Madrid could activate the player’s buy-back clause and then sell him on for a profit. No matter how the deal is schemed though, it looks set to be one of the biggest stories of the summer.
When you turn to the statistics however, the allure of Morata certainly diminishes.
If Chelsea are searching for a prolific forward, they should look elsewhere. The Spaniard racked up a mediocre 14 goals in 51 appearances for club and country this season.
In fact, Morata’s most successful season saw an unspectacular tally of 15 strikes. Costa bettered this total by one this campaign but it was widely considered as a disappointing term for the Spaniard.
Moreover, while both Conte and Morata have experience at Juventus, their respective tenures never coincided. Consequently, it’s questionable whether the impending manager would be able to boost Morata’s goal record easily.
It’s a gamble for sure. If the Stamford Bridge side were able to secure the move cheaply then it may prove one worth taking.
However, splashing in excess of £30 million seems extortionate for a largely unproven forward.
Morata may be young at age 23, but Chelsea fans are craving a swift return to success after the rut of 2015-16. There is little evidence to suggest the Spaniard would hit the ground running and would the club really be willing to show such patience?
When you look at the alternatives, a Morata move proves even more illogical. Lukaku for example has a far superior goal record, is the same age and has Premier League experience in oodles.
Moving for Morata this summer would simply prove an expensive gamble that Chelsea are in no position to take. When you explore the facts and different options, the 23-year-old should be found low on the Blues’ transfer priority list.
With Lukaku potentially making a return, the west London side should turn their back on the Turin-based forward for the time being at least.
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