ROMELU LUKAKU - Chelsea's Didier Drogba replacement

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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This week we feature Chelsea's 'Didier Drogba replacement' Romelu Lukaku

Date of Birth: May 13, 1993 (Age 20)

Nationality: Belgian

Height: 6 ft 3 in

Position(s): Striker

Club(s): Anderlecht (2009-11)

Chelsea (2011-present)

West Brom - on loan - (2012-13)

Statistics: Anderlecht - 98 appearances (41 goals, 18 assists)

Chelsea - 12 appearances (0 goals, 1 assist)

West Brom - 38 appearances (17 goals, 4 assists)

The Intangibles: Despite repeatedly saying he is not the 'next Didier Drogba', Romelu Lukaku carries many similarities to be the Ivorian.

It is primarily his height and build that draws comparisons with his Chelsea predecessor, however, Lukaku also boasts Drogba's reasonable technical ability and finishing, complementing his physique.

Lukaku has very good dribbling for his height and strength, but in an age where close control is an attribute boasted by many a player he can seem clumsy with the ball at his feet. Nevertheless, dribbling with the pace and strength he has makes him a formidable force who is quite tough to stop once he gets going.

He heading is expectedly effective given his physical attributes, though it is his finishing with his feet that makes Lukaku such a dangerous striker. He will bother you in all the ways the big men of the Premier League will, but once he gets the ball on his rocket left foot in and around the box, it will more often than not be a goal. His right isn't exactly useless but Lukaku himself has spoken of needing to better it.

With Jose Mourinho's preference in strong, lone strikers, Lukaku will presumably have a chance to be cement his place at Stamford Bridge in the coming season.




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