Published On: Fri, Jul 28th, 2017

Chelsea favourites for title: Alvaro Morata better signing than Romelu Lukaku – Alan Smith


That is the opinion of pundit and former Arsenal striker Alan Smith, who is a fan of new signing Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea won the league last season with a record 30 wins in manager Antonio Conte’s first campaign in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Conte’s main task this summer was to fill the void of last season’s top scorer Costa, after a falling out between the pair meant the Spaniard’s future at the club is over.

Morata was the chosen one from Real Madrid after the Blues missed out on primary target Romelu Lukaku, who instead joined Manchester United from Everton.

Smith admits defending the title will be hard for Chelsea but signing Morata instead of Lukaku has worked out well for them.

“They are the team to beat because they won it comfortably didn’t they,” Smith said on talkSPORT of Chelsea.

“There was a time a few weeks back where I thought it had seemed to have gone a bit quiet. 

“With Diego Costa they relied so heavily on him to lead the line, (I thought) how are they going to replace him? 

“Conte didn’t want him but in Morata I think they’ve bought well. 

“I think it worked out well for them that they got him rather than Lukaku who may not suit Chelsea’s style quite as much. 

“Can he get that 100 per cent out of his players or close to every week in the way that he did last year? 

“It’s a tough ask, he’s going to have a few more challenges this season.”


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