Many consider the Premier League and La Liga to be the best football leagues in the world. However, even as somebody who lives and works in England it easy to see that there are more star players in the Spanish top-flight.
The likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid have stars like Lionel Messi, Neymar, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Karim Benzema. No doubt, Spain’s top two teams have more quality than their English counterparts do.
That means the talents of players such as James Rodriguez and Spanish striker Alvaro Morata can be overlooked, as they struggle to get regular first team action at Real Madrid.
Morata, in particular, is a player who would shine with regular first team football elsewhere. The Sunday Mirror reports that Chelsea and Manchester United are fighting it out for the striker’s signature this summer.
Criminally underused in Madrid
There is a reason that Premier League clubs are clamouring for the signature of the striker. Morata is a complete striker. Most aspects of his game are strong. Last season only Cristiano Ronaldo scored more goals than the striker for Real Madrid.
However, the striker did not play enough football in Madrid. Morata’s La Liga goal tally of 15 goals was impressive considering he only started 14 games in the top-flight. It is even more impressive considering the fact that Morata only made 26 La Liga appearances overall.
When he moved back to the club last summer from Juventus, he knew he had a fight on his hands for regular first team action. The BBC of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo were immovable forces in the Real attack.
Then youngster Marco Asensio also broke into the first team squad and impressed. In short, Morata was fighting a losing battle for first-team football at the Bernabeu.
The recent development of Cristiano Ronaldo possibly leaving the club from the Spanish capital may well change his position at the club. However, it is unclear if Ronaldo will still be at the club come next season.
Manchester United and Chelsea both need forwards
In reality, both Manchester United and Chelsea need to sign strikers this summer, as their striking options look likely to change in the near future.
Diego Costa looks set to leave Chelsea this summer. The move would not be majorly surprising considering the fact he had a bust-up with Blues backroom staff in January after the Blues reportedly shunned moves from a Chinese club to sign the Spanish international.
The Blues look set to re-sign their former striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton. However, Morata is reportedly considered as another striking target for the English champions.
Manchester United are still favourites to sign the forward at odds of 7/4. However, if that report is true then the Blues could be set to rival their Premier League rivals for the star.
United are on the lookout for a new striker after the exit of Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede’s contract expires this summer and he will not return for next season, which will leave a big hole in the Red Devils attack.
Reportedly, United were in advanced discussions over a deal to sign Morata. However, Ronaldo’s situation in Madrid may well change Jose Mourinho’s plans this summer. Chelsea’s interest could also hamper United’s bid for the striker.
Morata now needs first team football
You have to wonder if Morata regretted his decision to move back to Madrid. Maybe he believed he could dislodge one of the BBC. However, that was always unlikely to happen.
Morata now needs regular first-team football at this stage of his career. That seems highly unlikely at Real Madrid if Ronaldo stays at least. He has proven in his career so far that he can score goals on the biggest stage.
The amount of first team football he has had at Real Madrid for a player of his quality is not enough. In most other teams or leagues he would be a valuable player. In the Spanish capital, he will never fulfil his potential or play the amount of football he should.
A move to the Premier League for the Spaniard would be a good one. He will get the chance to play first team football in a highly competitive league and show just how good he really is.
Where will Alvaro Morata be plying his trade next season?
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