Manchester United, quite simply, have to sign a new striker this summer in my opinion. Our biggest issue came in front of goal, and outside of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, we didn’t really get all that much productivity from our other forwards.
One name we’ve been linked with quite heavily recently is Alvaro Morata. The 24-year-old Spaniard plies his trade for Real Madrid in La Liga, and despite not being a regular starter at the Santiago Bernabeu, he’s scored an impressive 20 goals across all competitions.
Earlier today, a graphic appeared on social media (via Sky Sports News), stacking Morata up against the Manchester United forward line, and it is fair to say that the former Juventus man comes out well on top.
Have a look at the graphic via Sky Sports News below:
The most glaring stat to me is that Morata only had 14 starts in the league, and in the competition, he managed to find the back of the net 14 times. That’s just three fewer than Ibrahimovic, and ten more than both Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney.
Then you look at the minutes per goal. Morata comes in with an 89 minute-per-goal ratio and the only one who comes close to that is Ibrahimovic who has 143. Anthony Martial has a ratio of almost 400, whereas both Rooney and Rashford are over 300.
If you watched a lot of United last season, the issue wasn’t creating chances, it was putting the ball in the onion bag. This is something that Morata would almost certainly help with, particularly when you look at his 27% conversation rate compared to the rest of the current Red Devils.