Cahill praises striker Lukaku

Chelsea's Gary Cahill during the press conference during a training session at Cobham Training Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 20, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Chelsea's Gary Cahill during the press conference during a training session at Cobham Training Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday February 20, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

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Gary Cahill expects Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku to trouble Premier League defences in the forthcoming season.

The pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has placed Chelsea’s forwards under increased scrutiny and 20-year-old Lukaku has thrived so far in pre-season.

After 17 goals on loan at West Brom last term, Belgium striker Lukaku top-scored on Chelsea’s tour of Asia with four goals, including a double in the 8-1 defeat of the BNI Indonesia All-Stars.

Dronfield-born Cahill , who had a loan spell at Sheffield United a few years ago, said: “He had a great loan spell at West Brom last season, has been flying in training and scored two great goals [in Jakarta].

“I don’t see why he shouldn’t be a Chelsea player. I play against him in training a lot and he’s a handful just with his pace and power. His finishing is great too.”

Cahill hopes to be a key player next term by forming a defensive partnership with captain John Terry.

Cahill joined from Bolton in January 2012 and is enjoying life under Jose Mourinho. “It’s been exciting to work for Mourinho and we’re slowly getting to know him,” Cahill said. “Just like the fans are excited, the players are excited as well.”

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