Three mega striker signings – but who is the best?

Three mega striker signings – but who is the best?

first_imgWith the summer transfer window getting into full swing, clubs are moving to secure their targets ahead of the new Premier League season.Alexandre Lacazette, Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata are all expected to line-up for new clubs when the action kicks off on August 12.But who is most likely to hit the ground running and fire their team towards glory?All three are tipped to smash their future club’s record transfer fees, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United ready to splurge over £180million collectively on new leading men.Lukaku is the only striker with Premier League experience and may benefit from already forged relationships during his previous spell with the Blues.Lacazette and Morata will add further star quality to England’s top-flight and will be confident they can take to a new style of play with relative ease.Style of playAll three players could argue they offer something completely different, but what the trio do have in common is a habit for finding the back of the net.Lacazette proved to be Lyon’s star man last season, scoring 28 Ligue 1 goals and helping the club to a fourth place finish in France’s top division.His relentless style of pressing will offer Arsenal the chance to play higher up the pitch and utilise their possession to better effect, something they simply can’t do when Olivier Giroud is occupying a central role.At Everton, the priority of any Toffees performance was to play to the strengths of Lukaku, where a direct approach helped the big Belgian bag an impressive 25 Premier League goals.But should Lukaku complete his expected return to Stamford Bridge, he will have to adapt to being less of a battering ram, and more of a leading man that is capable of linking the play.Despite making only 14 starts in LaLiga, Morata notched 15 goals as he largely played as a back up to the striking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.Jose Mourinho will be hoping the player he handed his Real Madrid debut to, will be able to fill the shoes of the departed Zlatan Ibrahimovic and provide the Red Devils with more of a mobile threat than the big Swede offered in his single season at Old Trafford.Opening fixturesPremier League success stories are often written within the opening chapters, so it is vital each striker gets off to an impressive start with their new club.Lacazette will face Leicester, Stoke, Liverpool, Bournemouth and Chelsea in his first five league games in the red shirt of Arsenal.The Frenchman’s preference to run at defenders should prove effective against teams who would otherwise sit back and wait to be opened up. But Lacazette’s real test of his credentials will come up against the leading lights of Liverpool and Antonio Conte’s champions.Lukaku, meanwhile, will play against Burnley, Tottenham, Everton, Leicester and Arsenal on his expected return to west London.The 24-year-old won’t be lacking motivation should he face his current Toffees teammates and is likely to thrive in three home fixtures, where he will be expected to justify his price tag with a bright start to the season.Morata’s impending arrival will see him come up against West Ham, Swansea, Leicester, Stoke and Everton on his introduction to life in England.The Spaniard’s considerable frame should allow him to hold his own in the early stages of his Old Trafford career, and with a kind fixture list, Morata will be eager to replicate Ibrahimovic’s early impact.Show us your medalsWhile Morata may have lacked the consistent run of starts that Lacazette and Lukaku have enjoyed, when it comes to honours there is simply no contest.So far, Morata has picked up two LaLiga titles, two Copa del Reys, two Champions Leagues, one Super Cup, one Club World Cup, two Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and one Supercoppa Italia.To save you counting, that’s 13 club trophies earned during his career with Real Madrid and Juventus.Meanwhile, Lukaku picked up the only piece of silverware to date in his career, when Chelsea won the FA Cup in his debut season at Stamford Bridge.Surprisingly, despite being 26, Lacazette has yet to taste victory on the biggest stage, saving most of his adulation for individual awards during his seven years with Lyon.Whatever past successes the trio have enjoyed, memories will be put to one side as they attempt to establish themselves as their new club’s most reliable threat in front of goal. 1 The three strikers are set to compete against each other in the Premier League last_img

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