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Battle of the Belgian strikers: Lukaku vs Benteke

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Benteke scored an impressive 19 goals last season (©GettyImages)
Benteke scored an impressive 19 goals last season (©GettyImages).

In the past few years, Belgian superstars have taken the Premier League by storm with the likes of Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini, Eden Hazard and Thomas Vermaelen all starring for their respective clubs.

However, our attention is on 20-year-old Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku and 22-year-old international team-mate Christian Benteke.

Lukaku joined Chelsea from Anderlecht in 2011 when Andre Villas-Boas was in charge at Stamford Bridge for a fee in the region of £18 million. During his first season in London, he felt he was unfairly treated by AVB and struggled to get into the first team. However, Roberto Di Matteo allowed Lukaku to join West Brom last season on loan and he helped to Baggies to one of their best ever seasons in the Premier League.

Benteke however joined Villa in 2012 for around £8 million and he hasn't looked back since. He scored 19 goals for the Midlands club in 34 Premier League games as he saved Villa from relegation to the Championship. He not only scored against the smaller teams in the Premier League but also Liverpool and Everton. 

Lukaku was also instrumental for West Brom last season as he scored 17 goals and made eight assists in 35 games. The highlights of Lukaku's season at West Brom were scoring a hat-trick against Manchester United at the Hawthorns and scoring goals against Swansea and Liverpool. 

Lukaku is mainly left footed whereas Benteke is right footed. Both can shoot with extreme amounts of power and have the capability to score from long range. 

Both are extremely well built and can challenge any defender in the air with both being a threat from corners. Now that Benteke has signed a new deal at Villa Park, he could go on to become a club legend, while Lukaku is dubbed 'the new drogba'.

While neither have the silky skills nor precise passing and dribbling like Juan Mata or David Silva, a lot is expected of these Belgians this season. 

 

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