Who will make the most impact in the Premier League this season? Lacazette, Morata, or Lukaku.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

Chelsea on the verge of mega deal for Alvaro Morata.

By Thomas Matthews @Mafuse33

Real Madrid forward Alvaro Morata has been linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu all summer with his most likely destination to have been Old Trafford. But with Manchester United deciding to bring Romelu Lukaku into the squad it looked like the Spanish international was set to stay at the Los Blancos.

Chelsea reportedly put in a £70 million offer for the 24 year old which for a striker that has a decent goal scoring record in La Liga could turn either way in a league such as the Premier League. Morata has been living within Benzema and Ronaldo’s shadow in goal scoring terms for Real Madrid even with an impressive return in the 2016/17 season.

Image result for santiago bernabeuAfter the apparent falling out with Diego Costa, Antonio Conte will be looking to strengthen a position that in recent years struggled to replace the mountain that was Didier Drogba. The mega deal would be Conte’s fourth signing on the season so far showing the Italian  strengthening his squad trying to emulate or better what he did for the blues last year.

With the 24 year old  supposingly missing the teams flight out to America for pre-season matches against Manchester United, City, and Barcelona it looks like a deal has been struck and now player and club will be waiting on a medical before a transfer can be confirmed.

Lionesses to face strong Scotland team in woman’s Euro 2017

By Thomas Matthews @Mafuse33

England arrive at the Euro Finals touted to be firm favourites along with world beaters France and Germany, after an impressive run in the 2015 World Cup in Canada finishing third. This recent surge in success within the woman’s international game could be down to the fact that the game has seen far more woman’s footballers turn professional within the last couple of years.

This could also be down to the Football Association pumping in just over £15 million into the game to improve the quality. The tournament takes place in the Netherlands which sees the kick off being an hour later than it would be in the UK which could cause a bit of disruption within the England camp.

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Scotland’s form has been a bit mix and match with the last five games loosing two and winning three with one being on penalties against Wales in the Cyprus Woman’s Cup. With the last three games in England’s friendlies ending in wins, there form going into the competition shows that there preparation could be enough to ease past the Scotland team.

The fight to finish top of group D starts tonight with a 7:45 kickoff on channel 4, showing for the first time Scotland Woman’s team in a major international tournament. With the lionesses hoping to bring back a major trophy for the first time in 51 years.

English football has seen great success within the last couple of weeks seeing the under 17s loosing in the final of the European finals against Spain, with the under 21 team loosing narrowly on penalties to a strong Germany side. But the woman’s team would like to emulate what the under 20s side were able to do by lifting the under 20s World Cup last month.