Chelsea fans in the Tavern may well be regretting their club’s decision to allow Romelu Lukaku to leave the club after former striker Romelu Lukaku revealed how regular contact with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba is one of the reasons behind his recent good form.
The Belgian striker scored his 50th Everton goal against Crystal Palace on Monday night in a game that marked his 100th appearance, a feat that has only been achieved by 11 other Everton players.
The goal, scored in the 1-1 draw against Palace, took the 22-year-old’s tally to 14 for the season, leading manager Roberto Martinez to cite Lukaku as a ‘special footballer’.
After failing to make a significant impression at Chelsea following a £17million move from Anderlecht in 2011, Lukaku has been impressive at Goodison Park and he revealed to the Mirror how he regularly phones former teammate and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, which he believes has been a major factor for his recent good form.
“Didier is my idol and he knows it – I still speak to Drogba. He gives me tips all the time,”
However, Lukaku is keen to make a name for himself as a top quality individual, instead of merely emulating the playing style of Drogba, who he believes is similar in some aspects, yet different in others.
“But I am Romelu Lukaku and I am proud of my family name and I want to make my own story. I respect Didier a lot, but I think there are still differences in our style of play. I am a young player, I want to play at a high level and at the end of my career say I did my best to create a name for myself.”
Lukaku, who has now scored nine goals in his last nine league games, is currently second in the Premier League goalscoring charts, and he was full of praise for Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba.
“Me and Didier, we have a really special relationship since day one. When I arrived at Chelsea they put me next to him in the dressing room, so that is when it started and I saw what a top professional he was – not just him but John Terry, Frank Lampard, Nicolas Anelka, Fernando Torres.”
“As an 18-year-old I was watching what they were doing and soaking it up and it was a good year of preparation. At the time I was frustrated because I was 17 and playing a lot in Belgium and I had a great reputation, but looking back I think it helped me to be the player I am today.”
“Perhaps the best thing I learnt from him was the determination to win. He was a leader. When the team needed him the most he always delivered so that is what I aim for and hopefully one day I can say I was that type of player.”
And despite the fact that Drogba now plies his trade in America with MLS side Montreal Impact, Lukaku believes that he still has a lot to learn from his idol, revealing that he still has a lot to learn from the 37-year old.
“I text him, I phone him whenever I need him – I texted him last week when he was going back to Canada. Whenever I need him I just call him and say, ‘I did this today. This is going through my mind. How should I do this?’
The Everton fans have been popping plenty of bottles of champagne this season with their success and it’s caught the eyes of jealous Chelsea punters, who feel aggrieved that they ever let Lukaku leave.
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