Saturday, 19 August 2017

Kane Vs Morata: Who Carries The Day Between Tottenham And Chelsea?

Dangerman Harry Kane and Alvaro Morata go head to head when Tottenham face Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Nissan Super Sunday, but how do the two strikers compare?

Mauricio Pochettino’s men will be hoping to improve their recent poor record at the national stadium, and with derby games generally tight affairs, the performances of the strikers could prove to be crucial.

Kane and Morata have a lot in common, they are both 24 and had very similar records in their respective leagues last season.

Despite playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema at Real Madrid and making only 14 La Liga starts, Morata managed to find the net 15 times over the course of the campaign.

He averaged a goal every 89 mins in La Liga which was two minutes higher than Kane’s 87 mins per Premier League goal. In fact, only Lionel Messi, Edinson Cavani and Arsenal’s new No 9 Alexandre Lacazette had better minutes-per-goal records in Europe’s top five leagues in 2016-17.

But despite playing for two of the biggest clubs in Europe in Real Madrid and Juventus, Morata is still fairly inexperienced and has never previously been the No 1 striker at his club for an entire season.

The chance to be the main man is one of the reasons that Morata turned down a move to Tottenham in the past, according to their head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

He has never started more than 16 league games in a season and only once scored 15 league goals in a single campaign.

While Morata is starting the season as a No 1 striker for the first time, the same cannot be said of Tottenham’s Kane, whose form in recent years has impressed many including Antonio Conte, who was quoted last month as saying he would love to sign the Tottenham number 10.

He has finished as Tottenham’s top scorer in each of the last three seasons and won the Premier League Golden Boot in each of the last two. His total of 35 goals last season made it his highest scoring season and he is only one goal shy of bringing up 100 for Spurs in all competitions.