Manchester United need to forget signing Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, and sign Torino striker Andrea Belotti.
As with every Summer transfer window Manchester United are linked with a whole host of players. The collapse of any potential deal for Antoine Greizmann was supposedly down to the fact Jose Mourinho wants an out and out centre forward to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The main three candidates linked with a move to Old Trafford are Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti. All three strikers will cost a hefty fee to bring to Old Trafford, all three are different types of striker but only one of them is the real stand out player, Andrea Belotti of Torino.
There is no doubt that Morata and Lukaku are very good players but when you look at what Manchester United need they do not fit the bill.
Let’s take Lukaku for example, a proven Premier League goal scorer with West Brom and now Everton but he is inconsistent. On his day Lukaku is unplayable – but that is if the Belgian can be bothered to turn up.
Throughout his time at Everton there have been question marks over his attitude and application on the pitch. Lukaku rarely makes an impact in big games, given United’s record in games against their top six rivals last season they cannot afford to carry a £100 million passenger upfront in these games.
The attitude of the striker has often come in for heavy criticism, he was seen having an argument with team mate Ashley Williams in a game at Old Trafford last season. Jose Mourinho demands his players give their all as part of the team, this is not Lukaku, he does not improve Manchester United and for the price tag being touted he is not worth the price.
Fortunately, it looks like he is off to Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho worked with Alvaro Morata during his time at Real Madrid, in fact Mourinho gave Morata his debut at Real Madrid.
Morata spent most of last season on the Real Madrid bench, playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema, who wasn’t overly impressive himself last season.
Despite the poor form of Benzema, Morata could not force his way into the Real Madrid line up. Clearly Morata is not up to the required standard to lead the line at the Bernabeu therefore he his not up to the standard to lead the line at Old Trafford.
United simply cannot rely on a backup striker to lead their line next season and for the touted price of £78 million, the Spaniard is a deal well worth avoiding for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.
The man to lead the line at Old Trafford is Andrea Belotti, ‘the rooster’.
The Torino striker is exactly what Manchester United need upfront. He is what Jose Mourinho was crying out for last season, Mourinho often referenced Javier Hernandez as the type of striker he wanted at Old Trafford.
Mourinho wanted a striker who can get those scrappy type of goal chance that United’s players squandered so often last season. Andrea Belotti is that type of striker, the Italian is bit of throw back striker in terms of the fact that Belotti is an out and out goal scorer.
Belotti won’t hold up the ball and bring others into play, but with his pace he will offer as threat behind the lines to stretch the oppositions defensive structure and will offer a real work rate for Jose Mourinho upfront.
Most importantly Belotti will score goals, the player is a goal scoring machine, that is his game. It is simple, with the likes of Martial, Mkhitaryan and Pogba providing world class service to Belotti he will be prolific for Manchester United.
He will score with his head and both feet, it will cost £87 million to activate Belotti’s release clause but Belotti is the perfect ruthless finisher that Jose Mourinho is crying out for.
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