Terry Gibson: Alvaro Morata would be perfect in the Premier League

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United striker believes that Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata would be perfect for the Premier League amid an imminent move to Old Trafford for the Spaniard.

Jose Mourinho is reportedly very close to securing Morata’s signature after tabling a bid worth £60m for the striker and expects to see him undergo a medical this week.

The 24-year-old, as confirmed by his agent, is keen on a move elsewhere after struggling to breach Zinedine Zidane’s starting XI at the Bernabeu.

And Gibson has told Sky Sports that Morata would serve as an ideal fit for the vicissitudes of Premier League football next season.

“He’s got a feisty little character and he wants to play as the first striker,” he said.

“Zidane can be flexible, but it’s hard for Morata, and he can argue justifiably that he should be playing more.

“Zidane has a lot of faith in Benzema, who has served Real well over the years, but it’s clear Morata has become clearly irritated that he is not playing in the big games.

“Morata’s attitude has been fantastic, but it’s clear that he may want to leave Real Madrid again, go away and prove himself like he did at Juventus.

“I think he’d be another fantastic opportunity for a Premier League club, at the age of 24, 25, to get a world-class striker. The big clubs are looking for that world-class striker, and he is in that category.

“I’m sure Zidane would like to keep him at Real Madrid, but with Ronaldo and Benzema the first choice top two, I think Morata feels he’s quite hungry to get away and prove himself again.”

There is a lot to like about the technical tenets of Morata’s approach. The Spaniard, at 6ft 4, is a physically imposing presence with a direct, steely attitude, engineered specifically towards exerting pressure on the back four and snuffing out half chances and, more often than not, finishing them. He scored a goal every 88.7 minutes on average last season, eclipsing what Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Aguero, Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez or Diego Costa could manage.

The most important thing, however, is the 24-year-old’s attitude: he wanted to challenge himself and consequently left Madrid for Juventus in 2014 and, just a year later, knocked them out of the Champions League and Carlo Ancelotti out of a job.

Zinedine Zidane re-signed him and now, following a year of not being given the game time he deserves, Morata is boldly embarking on a new challenge once again – a firm sign of somebody with a burning desire to succeed at the very highest level, refusing to settle for anything less.

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