Ones to watch #7: Romelu Lukaku

This Belgian player has become something of a phenomenon. Standing at a mighty 6ft 3ins tall and weighing in at 14 stone, last year he became the Belgian Pro League’s youngest ever goalscorer at the age of 16. The press already label him as “the new Drogba“, Romelu Lukaku is one of the game’s rising young stars.

Of course, some of the big clubs have been taking notice. His current club, Anderlecht, won’t be too keen to let the 17 year old go too quickly.  Belgian national coach Georges Leekens took notice also. He gave Lukaku his first caps. Lukaku responded by giving him dazzling displays of pace, strength and agility that some of his team-mates could only envy. Last November, he scored his first two goals for Belgium, in a friendly against Russia in Voronezh. And it’s not only Leekens taking notice. He has long been linked with a move to Liverpool – with every other major European club such as Inter, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus also in the loop. Though Lukaku is an admitted Chelsea fan. Roman Abramovic must take note of that.
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It seems every time he is in the 18-yeard box, he tends to put the ball in the back of the net, making it look almost simple. The lad really has got what it takes to prove himself on a major stage. He won’t be at Anderlecht forever.