Alan Pardew backs Everton striker Romelu Lukaku for bright future

Crystal Palace travel to Goodison Park on Monday evening.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, reported by the club's official Twitter account, Alan Pardew has backed Everton striker Romelu Lukaku to be a big player in the next decade.

The Belgian forward has been on fire for the Blues this season, with 10 goals in 14 games so far for Roberto Martinez’s side.

That tally would leave him top of the goalscoring charts but for Jamie Vardy’s goalscoring feats for Leicester City putting him top of the pile with 14 goals.

This season has seen Lukaku breaking his own records though, becoming the fifth player to reach 50 Premier League goals before 23-years-old, and the first Belgian to reach that tally in the division.

At just 22 years old, Lukaku has a bright future ahead of him in the game, and Pardew says he is expecting him to be a big player in the next decade.

“[It is] some achievement when you think of the players that have played in the PL,” the club’s Twitter account reports him saying.

“He's really coming into his own and you can see for the next 5-10 years he'll be a big player in the world game.”

"We looked at the iconic one of the last 10 years, Drogba. You have to say Lukaku does look like he could emulate that. I'm sure that would be his ambition," he added to Sky Sports. 

Palace travel to Everton on Monday evening, looking to build on their 5-1 win over Newcastle last weekend.

Both sides are eyeing a place in Europe come the end of the season, with Pardew’s team currently 7th in the table and just four points away from Arsenal in fourth.

Everton are not far behind on 21 points and Pardew says they could be a dark horse for the Champions League.

“[They are a] dark horse for Europe. Even for the Champions League, I'd say,” he added.

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