Former Chelsea coach hails Nigerian international as heir to Romelu Lukaku

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Romelu Lukaku was signed as a heir to Didier Drogba in 2011, and while the Belgian didn’t meet up that status in his first spell at the club, he’s now filling the shoes left by the legendary Chelsea striker.

Meanwhile, Chelsea legend and former assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has identified Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, as Romelu Lukaku’s heir.

The Nigerian international joined Napoli from Lille in the summer of 2020, and has been a force in attack for the Serie A side.

Zola has said of the young striker, as he told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Napoli are really strong in every department.

“They have Osimhen, Insigne and Politano up front, they have quality in midfield, a solid defence with Kalidou Koulibaly and two reliable goalkeepers. I can’t see weak points in their team.

“I didn’t know Osimhen when he arrived last year, but I have studied him a little and I have discovered a talented player.

“His movements are so good and his athletic strength can be devastating. He is Lukaku’s heir, he is still young and with room for improvement.”

Lukaku is at the peak of his career at the age of 28, and may have up to four, five years to perform at a high level.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have a buyback clause to sign up Tammy Abraham in two years time. The 23-year-old is in fine form at Roma and scored yet again as Roma defeated Udinese 1-0 on Thursday night.

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