Romelu Lukaku has taken the 2018 World Cup in Russia by storm so far, scoring four goals in his opening two games, and has earned praise from one of his idols, Didier Drogba.
Both players were at Chelsea together for a brief period of time when Lukaku was just 18 and the Manchester United striker has previously admitted that he looked up to Drogba when developing as a footballer.
And you’d be lying to yourself by saying that there aren’t similarity in each of their playing styles, which the 25-year-old has presented brilliantly in the campaign.
After a brace in the Group G opener against Panama and another two goals in Saturday’s 5-2 thumping of Tunisia, Lukaku sits in second in the golden boot award running and has gained plenty of plaudits for his performances in front of goal.
Speaking to the BBC as a pundit, Drogba went as far to say that he was scared of what the no.9 for club and country is capable of at such a young age.
“I’m really scared he will break a lot of records in the Premier League and at this tournament because he’s only 25,” Drogba explained.
“He’s got room for improvement though. He can improve his runs and his movement and that’s easy to learn.”
As well as acting as the Belgium international’s idol when he was growing up, Drogba also revealed that he has given Lukaku plenty of advise.
“I spoke to him a lot about taking short steps like a tennis player before he hits the ball,” he added. “It gives you more accuracy and it’s easier to shoot. He is someone who wants to learn.”
It must help Lukaku a huge amount that another high-calibre striker in Thierry Henry is part of Roberto Martinez’ coaching staff in the Belgium set-up, who he almost certainly would’ve picked up a few tips and tricks from.
“I was happy giving him advice and he’s taking it from Thierry Henry as well. When you want to be the best, you have to learn from the best.”
Lukaku will be hoping to continue having a strong World Cup before resuming as Man United’s main goalscorer throughout the 2018-19 campaign, after netting 27 times in his debut season at the club.