Mo­rata value makes for FPL for­ward dilemma

The Manica Post - - Foreign News/sport -

NEW Chelsea striker ar­rives at a tempt­ing price to chal­lenge Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku for Fan­tasy af­fec­tions.

Chelsea’s Al­varo Mo­rata adds to a se­lec­tion headache fac­ing Fan­tasy Premier League man­agers.

The Span­ish striker signed a fiveyear deal at Stam­ford Bridge fol­low­ing his move from Real Madrid and is avail­able for £ 10.0m in FPL.

That is a tan­ta­lis­ing val­u­a­tion that ranks be­low the pop­u­lar big-name for­wards.

Manch­ester United’s Romelu Lukaku (£ 11.5m) and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s Harry Kane (£12.5m) cur­rently dom­i­nate the for­ward po­si­tion, claim­ing 47.1 per­cent and 34.8 per­cent own­er­ships re­spec­tively.

But Mo­rata’s price and goalscor­ing record will likely prompt a re­think.

He joins An­to­nio Conte’s side on the back of a sea­son in LaLiga that brought 15 goals and 3 as­sists. They came in only 14 starts and 12 ap­pear­ances from the bench.

Mo­rata’s un­der­ly­ing statis­tics are even more im­pres­sive.

The 24-year- old fired a shot every 24.3 min­utes in 2016/ 17, con­vert­ing 27.2 per­cent of his 55 ef­forts.

That com­pares favourably with Diego Costa (£ 10.0m) – Chelsea’s first choice striker last sea­son – who recorded a shot every 27.8 min­utes, con­vert­ing 18 per­cent into goals.

But in­vest­ment in Mo­rata comes with some caveats.

While Eden Haz­ard (£10.5m) is set to miss the start of the new sea­son, the Bel­gian could claim spot-kicks on his re­turn to fit­ness.

Chelsea’s start to the sea­son will pro­vide Mo­rata with early tests.

They face Spurs (away), Ever­ton ( home) and Ar­se­nal ( home) over the first five Game­weeks. — pre­mier­league. com

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