Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has stated that Romelu Lukaku has the potential to become a far greater striker than he was. At his prime, Drogba was considered as one of the best strikers in the world. He left Chelsea after having scored more than 150 goals in eight years. He is the club’s top goal scorer in European competitions. Yet, he is of the opinion that Lukaku can go on to emulate him.
It is no secret that Lukaku regards Drogba as his idol. The 35-year-old, though, says that Lukaku has made it to Chelsea at just 19 years of age whereas he was still plying his trade at Le Mans. This in itself is a huge testament towards his achievement in a game, according to Drogba. According to the Mirror, he said:
“I know I am his idol and we get on well. It is flattering to see that he identifies with me.
“But we have to stop comparing us. He is big too, certainly, but he is already tougher and he has qualities I don’t. Of course, I have some that he will only acquire with time.
“He will do big things and it has already started. His progression is better than mine.
“At the age of 19, he was at Chelsea. I was at Le Mans.”
Lukaku returned to scoring ways in Everton’s 1-0 win over West Ham on Saturday. This was his 10th Premier League goal of the season.
However, his Chelsea future hangs in the balance, as there have been several reports linking him with a sale to clubs in France and Spain. Chelsea reportedly are looking to sell him and Thibaut Courtois to raise the money for buying Diego Costa.
Mourinho has spoken extensively about recalling Courtois from the loan spell, but he has been quiet about Lukaku. The Belgian international may have the similar physical stature as Drogba, but he is a different player. He doesn’t like to be the target man, but wants the ball to be played around him. Chelsea’s current style of football does not revolve around a target man. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
This may actually bode well for Lukaku. After starting the season with Everton on fire, he has settled to a goal every other game. This may make Mourinho think he could get better strikers elsewhere.
Drogba was a favourite of Mourinho, but it seems Lukaku is yet to go a long way to reach that stage.