Romelu Lukaku can become like Didier Drogba, says Alan Pardew

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku scored against Middlesbrough last week in the League Cup to send Everton into the semi-finals
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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has the attributes to emulate former Chelsea star Didier Drogba, says Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew.

The 22-year-old Belgian has scored 13 goals this season including six in the past five games, and can add to his tally against Palace on Monday.

"He is the full number nine. We looked at the iconic one of the last 10 years, Drogba," said Pardew.

"You have to say Lukaku does look like he could emulate that."

The Belgium international scored 16 goals during his loan spell at Everton from Chelsea in the 2013-14 season. He then found the net 20 times last season, after he had become a permanent signing at Goodison Park.

"Lukaku is an unusual player in that he's naturally left-footed," Pardew added. "I think for a striker that is an advantage.

"Most defenders are defending right-footed players, and he gives them a slight problem which sets him apart."

Drogba scored 104 league goals for Chelsea during his two spells at the club, and won four league titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and a Champions League crown.