…as Tottenham host Chelsea
New Chelsea signing Alvaro Morata marked his debut with a goal in that illfated 3-2 loss to Burnley last weekend while last season’s highest goal scorer Harry Kane failed to score in Tottenham’s win at Newcastle but the Englishman will be keen to prove to the Spaniard he’s still the main man in the English Premier League when the Blues visit Spurs on Sunday.
The two strikers come face to face on Sunday and it will be interesting to see how the key battle between the marksmen pans out. Despite his scintillating form since becoming Tottenham’s leading forward, Kane’s least productive spells in front of goal had been in the opening three months of last season.
He has a record of just 15 goals in 42 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions in the months of August through to October. His record in August itself is even leaner, having failed to score in 11 EPL appearances in the opening month of the season. While Morata is starting the season as No 1 striker for the first time, the same cannot be said of 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 skipper.
He has finished as Tottenham’s top scorer in each of the last three seasons and won the EPL 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 scoring 100 for Spurs in all competitions.
Morata became the most expensive Spanish player in history when Chelsea paid £70m for his signature last month. 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.
He has never started more than 16 league games in a season and only once scored 15 league goals in a single campaign. But he created a positive first impression last weekend; although Chelsea lost to Burnley, Morata’s performance was one of the positive things the Blues can take away from the game.
He scored the first goal and created the assist for the second in that 3-2 loss. If Morata can continue where he left off against Burnley, Tottenham could once again suffer Wembley heartache.
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