Teenager striker Romelu Lukaku remains determined to win a place in the Chelsea team but knows he must take his chances on loan at West Brom to achieve that long-term goal.
Lukaku, currently on a season-long loan at The Hawthorns, scored the winner on his full Premier League debut for the club at home to Reading on Saturday. The 19-year-old Belgium international recognises the importance of regular football at this stage of his career if he is to realise his goals in the game. He told Sky Sports:
“For me, the next two years, it is very important for me to play. I’m just 19 and even though I’ll be 20 next year, people will still look at me like a baby. The next year I’ll be 21, I’ll still be a baby in some people’s eyes. Then there is the World Cup with Belgium and stuff like that. I want to play as much as I can in the next two years so at 21 I can be where I want to be.”
The teenager says former Chelsea star Didier Drogba is his footballing idol but is determined to make a name for himself – first with the Baggies and when he returns to Stamford Bridge. He continued:
“Am I fed up being compared with Drogba? Yes. In the beginning it was nice to hear that, but every player wants to make his own name. I want to make my own name. Drogba was my big idol and so was my father, who also played in Belgium. I looked also to my father but really I want to make my own style of play, I want to be myself. I want the people to say ‘this is Romelu Lukaku, not the new Drogba’.”