Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has revealed that he used to watch Robin van Persie during his days at Arsenal and looked up to the Dutchman's movement as a striker.
The Dutchman scored 30 league goals in 38 appearances in his final season with the Gunners and 26 in 38 in his debut title-winning season at Man United.
Lukaku, who currently has 16 goals in 25 appearances, believes the Holland international currently playing for Fenerbahce, has the best movement of any striker he's seen.
“At the time, it was [Robert] Lewandowski when he was coming up at Dortmund. I used to watch [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic a lot. Adriano, at his prime at Inter Milan, that was frightening,” Lukaku told Men In Blazers podcast (h/t Goal.com).
“Van Persie had the best movement. When he was at Arsenal and he won the Golden Boot, he had the most movement I’d ever seen.
“Even in his first year at Manchester United, that they won the league, because he scored all the goals.”
Despite leaving Chelsea without having made an impact, the Belgian insisted that he grew attached to a number of the Blues' key figures.
“From day one, he [Didier Drogba], [Nicolas] Anelka, [Salomon] Kalou, [Jose] Bosingwa and [Florent] Malouda were like my big brothers,” said Lukaku.
“They were nurturing me, and telling me every single thing about hard work, dedication and winning mentality.
“And that year, I didn’t play a lot, and I was frustrated at the end of the season, but that was the year that made me into the guy I am today.
“I always tell them, I’m always grateful for that year, because I learnt a lot.”