Chelsea starlet Romelu Lukaku has claimed to be pleased that his excellent form over the past few months has led to him being taken seriously by opponents in the Premier League.
20-year-old Lukaku is currently impressing on a season-long loan from Stamford Bridge with top-flight rivals Everton and also gained a plethora of admirers after his formidable goalscoring exploits during a similar stint with Steve Clarke's West Brom last season.
With the former Anderlecht frontman having already notched four goals in five Premier League games during the early stages of his spell at Goodison Park, many Chelsea fans have voiced their utter disbelief that Lukaku was not retained for the current season by returning manager Jose Mourinho, particularly given the recent struggles of Samuel Eto'o, Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.
Lukaku, however, who helped Belgium to secure qualification for next year's World Cup with a first-half brace against Igor Stimac's Croatia in Zagreb on Friday night, is just glad that he is now being taken seriously in the Premier League.
"After my performances last season and in the last few weeks, they take me very seriously in the Premier League. That is nice," he was quoted by Sky Sports.