Romelu Lukaku has already proven he is a better option than Didier Drogba

Romelu Lukaku

The stats suggest that new Everton signing Romelu Lukaku is already better than Didier Drogba and Chelsea may have made a mistake in letting him go.

The irony of Romelu Lukaku’s departure from Chelsea to Everton is that he has been replaced by the man he was tipped to emulate.

Throughout Lukaku’s career so far he has been touted as the man to fill the void that Didier Drogba’s move away from Stamford Bridge created, but in the end he has been allowed to leave because of the Ivorian’s return this summer.

Drogba’s reunion with Jose Mourinho was surprising for that reason. Most expected Lukaku to make an impact at Chelsea this season, after two impressive loan spells at West Bromwich Albion and Everton in the past two years, and compete with Diego Costa for the starting place up-front.

However, it appears that the Portuguese boss had other plans for the Belgium international and he brought in Drogba to compensate for the loss of Lukaku’s qualities.

There can be no doubting their similarities and even now he is no longer a Chelsea player, Lukaku is likely to draw comparisons to the Stamford Bridge hero.

They are both imposing, powerful centre-forwards who thrive off the physical battle with defender, but are also capable with their feet.

But just how similar are they?

If we take a look at the stats from Drogba’s 2011/12 season in a Chelsea shirt and Lukaku’s year whilst on loan at Everton last campaign, it is evident that the 21-year-old was more effective in every area of the game than Drogba.

  TeamPosGoalsTouches / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsAerial Won / appsAccurate Pass / appsAppsMins
Didier Drogba Chelsea FW 5 29.42 2.71 1.13 10.13 24 1,480

 

  TeamPosGoalsTouches / appsTotal Scoring Att / appsAerial Won / appsAccurate Pass / appsAppsMins
Romelu Lukaku Everton FW 15 38.48 3.16 2.90 16.97 31 2,562

Not only did he score more goals than the veteran striker, he also was more involved in the game, won more headers and used the ball more accurately.

And, although it should be noted that Drogba was past his peak in the 2011/12 season, Lukaku also has not yet hit his best with many years of top-flight football ahead of him.

It is also a worry that Drogba wasn’t as potent an outlet as Lukaku then, as he is two years older now and has not played in an elite league since his departure from the London club two years ago.

It, therefore, suggests that, although the price Chelsea got for Lukaku was fair, that they may be short of cover up-front unless they bring in further additions.

With Fernando Torres faltering and Drogba unlikely to be able to be able to play too regularly there is major importance than Diego Costa keeps fit and adapts to English football quickly.

That is never a guarantee and, given the Blues' recent history with big money signings up-front, there may be a concern that it could take him some time to show his best form in the Premier League - even with his undoubted qualities.

It means that Chelsea have put themselves under pressure as the stats suggest that they have let the pupil go, just has he has surpassed the master.

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