The Blues begin their Champions League campaign tonight against Zenit St. Petersburg, and the former England international is tipping his old club to defend the title.
The former Inter striker has been impressive in the Blues jersey since returning to the club for a fee around £98 million.
Lukaku has scored three goals in three appearances so far, including two in Saturday’s win over Aston Villa, and on Tuesday night will make his first Champions League appearance for the Blues as they take on Zenit St Petersburg.
Cole, while speaking on Goal on what he thinks about the Belgian forward.
Joe Cole said: “For sure, they are similar. It’s not just what he brings on the pitch, either. I think Lukaku has learned a lot from Drogba in terms of his presence off the pitch. By all accounts he is a bit of a leader in the dressing room and that’s Didier."
“Drogba was a born leader, a real man’s man. Everyone loved him. We talk about John Terry and Frank Lampard being leaders in that dressing room, but Drogba was every bit as much a leader as them," he added.
He concluded by saying: “Lukaku is of that ilk. He’s got a little way to go before he can be put in that bracket, for me, but he’s certainly got the ability to get there. And he’s got a great mindset, a bit of fire in his belly because he wants to prove himself at Chelsea the second time around.”
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