Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata vs Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku – A Statistical Comparison
The Premier League is now in full force and the clubs at the top of the table have settled in well. There were a few high-profile transfers in the summer transfer windows and two players who switched clubs, that have hit the ground running are Spanish striker Alvaro Morata and Belgian ace Romelu Lukaku.
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea were able to replace Diego Costa’s goal-scoring prowess with the former Real Madrid star, who has already picked up 6 goals and 2 assists in 6 games this season. Manchester United managed to replace the big Swede with Lukaku, who has also picked up 6 goals already this season. He also has an assist to his name but how does he compare to Morata? Here is a detailed stat comparison of both the strikers:
With a pass completion of 70%, Lukaku has been more creative in front of goal, with 1.67 chances created and 1.50 key passes per game so far this season. Morata, who has a pass accuracy of 68%, has 0.79 key passes to his name per game to add to his 1.19 chances created per game.
The Belgian star is slightly more effective in the air, thanks to his physical stature and his previous experience in the league. But statistically though, Morata aces Lukaku in the air. The Spaniard has scored 3 headed goals, half of his tally, compared to just the one from Lukaku so far.
Morata has also won 47.83% of his aerial duels compared to just 45.45% of the duels by Lukaku, showing how versatile he is and how he has managed to adjust to the challenges in the Premier League.
Moving on, Morata is a decent dribbler with the ability to get past his man with ease. However, Lukaku has been far more effective, finding success in 55.56% of the take-ons he has attempted so far this season. Morata has only managed a success rate of 30% in dribbles.
Both players are excellent finishers and have similar shot accuracies at around 70%. Neither player has managed any interceptions or tackles as yet this season but they have been hard to contain. While Morata has managed to earn 5 fouls for his side this season, Lukaku has won 4 fouls this season, thanks to their abilities to hold up the play.
Both players have settled in well at their new clubs and it will be interesting to see who runs away with the golden boot this season.