Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has backed “exceptional” Everton forward Romelu Lukaku to replace Diego Costa at Chelsea should the striker leave.
“Well let’s not forget he used to be at Stamford Bridge and he’s been at a lot of clubs on loan because he needs games and playing time,” Hasselbaink told Premier League Daily.
“He’s been to West Brom on loan and he’s been at Everton and he’s done exceptionally well. Exceptional.
“The way that Chelsea are playing, he is, along with [Alvaro] Morata, the player you are going to look at to take over from Costa.
“Is he [Lukaku] as good as Costa? I think they are very close. They are very similar, he’s not as temperamental but he does lead the line and I think he is still going to become better.”