Brighton & Hove Albion

TT Battle: Glenn Murray vs Alvaro Morata

Brighton face a difficult task of bouncing back from their 1-0 defeat to Burnley when they welcome Chelsea to the Amex in the Premier League this Sunday. 

The Blues head into their encounter versus Chris Hughton’s men fresh from an impressive victory against the Premier League champions Manchester City in which Alvaro Morata did not feature in.

The Spaniard, however, could be restored to the starting line-up as his side look to maintain their spot in the top four.

As for Brighton, Glenn Murray is the man up front Hughton is likely to put his faith in on the day. But how does the English centre-forward and his Chelsea counterpart compare?

Glenn Murray

A successful spell in the Premier League that has come late in his career, Murray is showing age is just a number.

Last season, the 35-year-old reached double figures in English football’s top flight and is well on course to doing so again this term.

In 16 Premier League appearances, Murray has scored eight goals with his ability in the air and sharpness around the penalty area proving to be too much for the opposition.

Looking at Murray’s overall game, though, the former Bournemouth man offers so much more than his efficiency in front of goal.

His movement is brilliant, he holds up the ball well and works extremely hard when Brighton are out of possession.

All in all, bringing Murray back to the Amex for a second spell was a masterstroke from Hughton.

TT Grade: B+

Alvaro Morata

While Murray looks like a centre-forward perfectly suited to the Premier League, Morata appears to be the opposite.

In contrast to the Brighton man, Morata cannot hold up the ball properly, does not deal with the physicality of opposition defenders well and is constantly on the floor.

Most frustrating of all, though, the 26-year-old is so wasteful in front goal, sometimes missing the easiest of chances.

Ultimately, at the price Roman Abramovich paid for Morata, he can only be described as a poor investment.

And having been left out of the squad for one of Chelsea’s biggest games of the season against Manchester City, his long-term future at the club looks all but over.

TT Grade: D-

TT Verdict:

Morata initially made a very bright start to life at Stamford Bridge under former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte following his big-money move from Real Madrid last summer.

However, since that good patch of form, it has been all downhill for the Spain international. Meanwhile, in that time, Murray has managed to produce slightly better numbers despite being in a team with lesser quality.

Does that mean Chelsea should go out and sign Murray? No. But going forward, what the club can do, is at least consider all possible options before overpaying in an inflated transfer market.

For example, the Blues already have Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham on their books, both of whom would probably do a better job than what Morata is currently doing.

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