Stan Collymore has said Romelu Lukaku is more important this season to Chelsea than Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United.
Both players returned to the Premier League this summer.
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Lukaku cost the Blues £97million-plus, while Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford for less than £20m.
Collymore, writing in his UK Mirror column, said: “If Chelsea were to lose Lukaku for 10 games, it would massively impact on any title tilt, even their bid for a top-four finish.
“While United have Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood, and Bruno Fernandes to turn to for the goals which would get them through such a spell if Ronaldo were to be ruled out.
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“At 36, you would hope as well that this season is less about Ronaldo than it has been for his teams in years gone by.”