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Romelu Lukaku can be Chelsea's new Drogba

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After a brilliant spell on loan at West Brom last season, many believed Romelu Lukaku would return to his parent club Chelsea and lead the line for Jose Mourinho's team.

However, despite scoring 17 goals in the Premier lLeague last year, Mourinho preferred fellow strikers Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba to score his side's goals this season and so Lukaku joined fellow Premier league opposition Everton on another loan deal.

He has had a good half a season for the Toffee's so far, netting nine league goals; more than any of the current Chelsea strikers.

The reason why the whole football world was shocked at Lukaku's departure on the deadline day of the summer transfer window was because of Chelsea's long search for a clinical striker, going back years.

In fact, the last prolific striker the west London giants had was Didier Drogba, who departed in 2012 after eight years of service to the club where he scored 157 goals.

The Ivorian's last kick of a ball for the Blues was the final penalty in the 2012 Champions league final against Bayern Munich, a kick that won the competition for the first time in the clubs history.

But that was not a one off for Drogba. In nine cup finals for Chelsea, he scored nine goals, in a period that saw the London club win three Premier league titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups, two Community Shields and of course, that one glorious Champions league.

Since Drogba's departure the club have lacked a player to score consistently in the big games.

So can Romelu Lukaku be Drogba's replacement at Chelsea?

He signed for the Blues from Anderlecht in 2011, after finishing top goalscorer in the Belgium league at the age of just 17.

Despite his huge potential, he was rarely used in his debut season in England and was of course shipped out on loan the following year.

Once his loan move at Everton ends at the end of this season, it will be interesting to see what happens to the 20-year-old.

Recent reports have said that Mourinho has considered selling Lukaku in the summer but surely he wouldn't let one of the best young players in the world leave his side.

Didier Drogba was Mourinho's greatest ever signing so he obviously favours that type of striker.

If the Chelsea manager does persevere with Lukaku, Chelsea might not need to spend big on a world class striker in the summer because they might just have one closer to home than initially thought.

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