Andre Villas-Boas has backed Romelu Lukaku to become as big a Chelsea favourite as Didier Drogba.
Lukaku completed his "dream" move from Anderlecht on Thursday and manager Villas-Boas has no fears about throwing the 18-year-old striker straight into the action.
The Belgium international has long been compared to Drogba as they have both a similar build and similar attributes.
And Villas-Boas sees no reason why Lukaku cannot emulate the 33-year-old Ivory Coast international, who has established himself as one of Chelsea's all-time greats during seven glittering years at Stamford Bridge.
"If he performs to the level that Drogba has performed for this club then why not?" he said.
"He is tremendously powerful, very strong in the challenges. Despite his size, he has an explosiveness and an ability to react quickly which looks pretty amazing.
"He just has to break through this competitive level and, for sure, he will get opportunities this year."
Villas-Boas did warn his new signing he faces "the biggest competition of his life", however, given Drogba, Fernando Torres and Nicolas Anelka will also be pushing for a start up front.
And while Lukaku has welcomed comparisons with Drogba, he believes he can add something else to the Chelsea squad.
"We have similar playing styles, but I am also very fast," he told the club's official website.
"I want to learn from him how it is to play here at the Bridge and how to prepare for games.
"I can also learn from the other strikers and experienced players in the squad.
"I think if you are clever on and off the pitch you will get accepted and that's what I want."