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Joe Cole Believes Lukaku is in the Same Bracket as Ronaldo and Messi

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Ashley Cole things Lukaku is in the same bracket as Messi and Ronaldo
Ashley Cole things Lukaku is in the same bracket as Messi and Ronaldo / Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images
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Former Chelsea star Joe Cole has hailed the Blues' signing of Romelu Lukaku and believes that the Belgian will take Thomas Tuchel's side to another level in the 2021-22 season.

Cole believes Lukaku "is in the same bracket as Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo" and that Chelsea are real contenders for the Premier League title.

“He has got all the attributes you want from a striker," Cole told The Sun.

"Sometimes you play with strikers who have great movement but cannot hold the ball up, or they are not clean with the ball so you can’t bounce it off them.

"Lukaku is the whole package. He is in the same bracket as Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo. I am not putting him quite up there with those two at the moment, but he can become that kind of player if he keeps improving the way he has. Any midfielder would love playing with him.”

Talking about his opinion on Chelsea's chances of winning the Premier League this season, Cole added, "I think it puts them right on the level with Manchester City, especially if they don’t do anything more. I look at the Chelsea squad now and don’t see any weaknesses.

"f you look at last season and look at it very crudely, even though they won the Champions League, the top scorer finished with seven goals. So it’s evident they needed a goalscorer and Lukaku’s a goalscorer.

"Not only that, but he is the complete focal point of an attack. Chelsea have an abundance of players who can play in and around him. They are now real contenders."

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