Peter Crouch has suggested that Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku works harder than most because of the player he’s developed into in recent years.

Lukaku has always been a goalscorer during his career. However, there has been question marks about his overall quality as a footballer.

The 28-year-old’s ability has rocketed during two years as an Inter Milan player and he’s now back in the Premier League with Chelsea as the complete package. 

His start of four goals in four games for the Blues this season is a clear indication of his predatory attacking instincts, but his all-round performances to bring others into play has equally stood out.

Crouch has noticed the Belgium international looks in great fitness:

“I think Lukaku has it in his mind that he can be the best striker on the planet… He’s obviously working harder than most to be at the level he is and now he’s at the conversation with the world’s best,” Crouch told BT Sport.

 

“He’s always scored goals but I think his link up play is better. He looks strong, he looks fit and he looks composed in front of goal.”

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Can Lukaku match Costa success?

Of course, there is the obvious comparison between Lukaku and his idol Didier Drogba. The most hopeful fan wants him to emulate his childhood hero to become an all-time club legend in West London.

However, perhaps a good starting point would be to set Lukaku the target of mirroring ex-Chelsea forward Diego Costa. 

Spanish frontman Costa was a massive favourite during three years at Stamford Bridge between 2014-17, winning two Premier League titles and a League Cup with the club.

He’s the last proper number nine to spearhead the Blues attack, so Lukaku should be eyeing filling his shoes.

The likes of Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud have had some successful spells in recent years at striker, but finally Chelsea may have in Lukaku someone who can smash the 20-goal barrier.

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