Jose Mourinho's recent decision to bring club legend Didier Drogba has been met with a mixed response. The Ivorian striker is cherished by the Stamford Bridge faithful, but with the player at 36-years-old, his best days are certainly behind him.
His age, however, hasn't put Mourinho off, with the 'Special One' insisting that the forward can play a key role for the club in the 2014/15 campaign, but where does that leave Romelu Lukaku?
Lukaku, who has been rated at £30 million, has endured a tricky spell at Stamford Bridge, having failed to make an impression at the club. He has, however, proved his credentials in the Premier League, scoring goals for fun at the likes of West Brom and Everton in recent season.
His Chelsea future, though appears to be up in the air, and some have suggested that Drogba's arrival could force the Belgian star out of the Bridge. There's no doubt about it, with Drogba plying his trader under Mourinho once again next term, Lukaku will find it harder than ever to secure a place in the club's first team.
Of course, Mourinho has also added Spanish international Diego Costa to his forward line ahead of the new campaign, meaning the club have as many as four strikers battling for a spot next term, with Fernando Torres also still at the club.
Help not hindrance
However, Drogba's return may not prove a negative one for Lukaku. After all, the experienced Chelsea legend has also taken up a coaching role at the club, so will be looking to prove his worth in that sense to Mourinho next season.
And, as well as looking to make more history on the pitch next term, Drogba should thrive upon helping Lukaku succeed at the club. The Belgian's talent is there for all to see, but it's obvious he's still a raw talent, and a little rough around the edges.
Drogba, then, could play his part in improving Lukaku's games, as the forward looks to become a Chelsea-type player. There are a number of areas that the youngster must improve on over the coming years, and is there anyone better to learn from than Drogba?
After all, it wasn't that long ago that Lukaku was tipped to become the 'Next Drogba'. By no means will this be an easy season for the Belgian star, but he must stick it out and fight at the Bridge.
With Drogba on his side, he could thrive and play just as an important role as the man he would one day love to emulate. It's likely that Diego Costa will be Mourinho's No.1 next term, but Lukaku can have a role to play, and Drogba must oversee it.
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