By Thomas Matthews @Mafuse33
The question in the Premier League this season will be whether or not the striking power that the top teams have acquired the services of this season will match that of the likes of Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of the 2016/17 season.
Three of the most successful teams in the English game have spent big money already this transfer window filling just one position, up front. Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal have all dived into the market early securing big names for the upcoming season.
Lets start with Arsenal, they were the first to bring in French international Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon. for only £45m some may say that it was a steal for a striker that scored 28 goals in 28 games last season. Not only is he capable of playing as the striker but is also competent at playing on either wing which will suit Arsene Wenger when it comes to the stage of the season where Arsenal find themselves looking for players to play out of position due to injuries.
Now Chelsea have had issues in the striking department with no one really coming in and anywhere near emulating what the likes of Drogba could do. but the arrival of Diego Costa in the 2014 season saw a striker with the ability to do it all. With a goal scoring record that boasts a goal every two games it was good value for money especially with the team winning two Premier League titles in his three years at the club. But after failings out with manager Antonio Conte back in January it looked like the Brazilian born striker was on his way out from there.
This left the question to whom would come into replace Costa? Chelsea looked to be in the running to sign back Romelu Lukaku for a fee double to what they sold him for to Everton, but his decision took him else where, more on that in a second. Bring on Los Blancos forward Alvaro Morata, a striker still developing and learning he showed his potential whilst at Juventus which made Real Madrid pop up and buy him back for a smaller fee. Now at 24 and his best goal scoring season behind him hitting the net 15 times in La Liga last season, its time for Morata to show what he can do on a larger scale without being in the shadows of teammates Ronaldo and Benzema. With a large price tag of £58m plus add on’s can the Spaniard make the impact people have seen him do in the Spanish and Italian divisions.
Manchester United probably have brought the striker out of the three with the best credentials with Romelu Lukaku having years of experience playing in the Premier League which is probable why his price tag was the most out of the three costing the red devils £75m. Lukaku scored 25 goals in the Premier League last year narrowly missing out on the golden boot which probably added an extra couple of million to the transfer fee. reports showed Chelsea’s interest in the Belgian international, but chose to go back and work with Jose Mourinho.
Time will tell whether these three players will be able to make the impact on the Premier League this season, and with all three bringing different aspects of the game together in their own game, Who would be your bet for Golden Boot this season leave your answer in the comment section below or follow my twitter @Mafuse33 to follow a poll.