Joe Cole has backed Romelu Lukaku to be the top goalscorer in the Champions League this season after he opened his account during Chelsea’s narrow victory over Zenit St Petersburg.

Joe Cole believes Lukaku will be Champions League top goalscorer (Pictures: Getty/BT Sport)

The Blues began their Champions League defence with a 1-0 win over Russian outfit Zenit at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.

Chelsea were far from at their best but Lukaku secured the win when he headed home Cesar Azpilicueta’s inviting cross on 69 minutes, now records four goals in four matches

Cole has been impressed by Lukaku’s impact at Stamford Bridge and backed the Belgium striker to lead the Champions League goalscoring charts this season after Chelsea made a winning start to their group campaign.

“I’m going to throw this out there, I think he’ll be top scorer in the Champions League this season, Joe Cole insisted.

“Lukaku didn’t even have one of his better games, he was a little bit scruffy but he’s a finisher now, a killer. Once that ball was delivered there was only going to be one winner, he’s a great finisher.

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