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Football's Natural Successors

Monday 14th August 2017
Journalists and experts never seem to tire of saying that a young player is destined to be the next 'whosoever' and, all too often, they're proven to be completely incorrect. Does anyone remember Adnan Januzaj being the next Ronaldo? Or Ganso being the natural successor to Kaka in the centre of Brazil's midfield?

Here are a few players who really are the natural successors to those who have graced the field before now:

Romelu Lukaku - Didier Drogba

While Didier is still playing professional football at the ripe old age of 39, the powerful Ivorian is long past his best and the Premier League has missed his brutish attacking antics. Thankfully, Chelsea gifted the league his natural successor in the shape of Belgian powerhouse Romelu Lukaku despite not retaining the big man's services.

You only need to look at Lukaku's movement off the ball and fearsome power in the air to know he is the man to fill Drogba's vacancy in the Premier League.

Javier Hernandez - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Sir Alex Ferguson only had one thing in mind when he signed the relative unknown Mexican known as Chicharito - replacing his former favourite poacher, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Both players are renowned for taking a game into their own hands from the bench and comparisons were drawn immediately after Hernandez bundled the ball into the back of the net on his competitive debut for the club.
It's great to see him back in England's top flight.

Neymar Jr - Ronaldinho

This one is somewhat tentative as no-one can ever truly replace one of the world's most expressive, entertaining footballers but Neymar Jr has that same spark of brilliance in his play. The trickery, the look of enjoyment on his face when he beats his man and the exceptional class of his goals sees parallels drawn between the two Brazilian greats.

Forever their individual selves but alike in so many ways.

Gianluigi Donnarumma - Gianluigi Buffon

As if it isn't strange enough that Italy's two first choice international goalkeepers have the same first name, it is clear that Donnarumma will take the heavy burden of being Italy's best goalkeeper from the legendary Buffon over the course of the coming years.

Buffon has been a superb servant to world football simply by being one of the best of all time, Donnarumma has much to live up to.

Harry Kane - Alan Shearer

Two players you could never have a conversation with, Kane and Shearer aren't what you'd call easy listening but their ability on the pitch is what really matters. The rare ability to stand in the right place and just enough luck to beat a man into space for a shot is what sets Kane apart in the Premier League currently and Shearer is the past master of just such an art.

Seriously though, neither should ever speak.

Wayne Rooney - Paul Scholes

Hang on! Don't lose your minds! This isn't about playing football - it's about life away from football.

Off the top of your head, do you know what Paul Scholes' wife is called? Do you know how many children he has? Do you know anything about one of the greatest midfielders ever? No, you don't. Now that he's returned to Everton, Wayne Rooney is in a position to finally live the quiet life he seems to have craved.
Never reluctant to speak his mind (more reluctant to speak at all), Scholes clearly imparted something onto Rooney before he retired - the desire to be left alone.
Kristian Webb
A Manchester United fan who actually knows where Manchester is; I'm the chief writer for AccumulatorTips, ForzaSwansea and a contributor to WhatCulture's video game section. I'm a professional proofreader, content author and SEO Expert but that doesn't mean there won't be the odd grammatical error!

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