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Romelu Lukaku reveals forwards he admired; says Didier Drogba is like his brother

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Lukaku has been in stunning form for Everton this season

Romelu Lukaku has scored 16 goals for Everton in the Premier League already and when asked which strikers he admired while growing up, the Belgian revealed his admiration for Dutchman Robin Van Persie.

“At the time, it was [Robert] Lewandowski when he was coming up at Dortmund. I used to watch [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic a lot. Adriano, at his prime at Inter Milan, that was frightening,” Lukaku told Men In Blazers podcast.

“Van Persie had the best movement. When he was at Arsenal and he won the Golden Boot, he had the most movement I’d ever seen. 

“Even in his first year at Manchester United, that’s they won the league, because he scored all the goals.”

Lukaku moved to Chelsea from Anderlecht for a £17 million move and he was hailed as the next Drogba. The Belgian went on to make only 12 appearances in his season at Chelsea in what turned out to be a frustrating campaign for the talented forward.

The former Chelsea man however, surprisingly believes that the spell in Chelsea made him better saying that the senior players were a huge help to him in his formative years.

“From day one, he [Didier Drogba], [Nicolas] Anelka, [Salomon] Kalou, [Jose] Bosingwa and [Florent] Malouda were like my big brothers,” said Lukaku.

“They were nurturing me, and telling me everything single thing about hard work, dedication and winning mentality.

“And that year, I didn’t play a lot, and I was frustrated at the end of the season, but that was the year that made be into the guy I am today. I always tell them, I’m always grateful for that year, because I learnt a lot.”

Kurt Zouma faces six months on the sideline after horrific injury

Chelsea's French defender Kurt Zouma needs knee surgery and is likely to be out of action for six months, the Premier League champions said on Monday.

"Kurt will undergo surgery in the next 48 hours and is expected to be out for approximately six months," they said on their website (

Zouma has been on the fringes of his national team ahead of Euro 2016, earning his first cap last March and playing twice, but has made 32 appearances for Chelsea.

Chelsea host Newcastle at home in the Premier League, before they face PSG in the Champions League, games where they are sure to miss the injured Zouma.



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