Huddersfield hero Mounie hoping to emulate Chelsea icon Drogba

Steve Mounie of Huddersfield Town
Steve Mounie marked his first start in English football with two goals against Crystal Palace, and is now hoping to follow in the Ivorian's footsteps

Huddersfield Town striker Steve Mounie is aiming to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Didier Drogba, after marking his first Premier League start with two goals.

The Benin international, who joined newly-promoted Huddersfield in a club-record £11.5 million deal in the summer, inspired the Terriers to a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, scoring a brace after Joel Ward netted an own goal.

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Mounie admits that few people in England will have heard of him before his bow, but he feels that he now has a chance to emulate his hero, who netted a total of 104 goals in England's top-flight for Chelsea, having burst onto the Premier League scene in style.

“Now people know who I am,” the Daily Mirror quote him as saying.

"It’s really amazing, I couldn’t imagine a better start. It’s a big ­confidence boost. But next week there is ­another game against ­Newcastle and in football you have to be ready and prove you’re good every game.

“My idol is Drogba. I think I’m similar to him - big, strong. Christian Benteke as well, who is a great striker. I have to learn off players like this.

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“What Drogba did here is an inspiration to me because he is African, like me, and we have almost the same story. He was born in Africa and came to France and then to England so I will try to follow in his footsteps. He is a great player and man also. I’ve never met him but maybe I will in the future.”

Huddersfield, who briefly topped the Premier League following their victory on Saturday, face fellow newly-promoted outfit Newcastle next week, hoping to build on their dream start.