Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie wants to emulate 'idol' Didier Drogba
By Rory O'Callaghan
Last Updated: 13/08/17 11:51pm
Steve Mounie wants to emulate the achievements of his "idol" Didier Drogba after helping Huddersfield Town open their Premier League campaign with a victory over Crystal Palace.
Mounie netted twice on his competitive debut for the Terriers as David Wagner's side claimed a convincing 3-0 win at Selhurst Park in their first game back in the top flight of English football.
The 22-year-old striker, who became Huddersfield's record signing after joining from Montpellier earlier this summer, is now hoping to emulate Chelsea legend Drogba and become a household name in the Premier League.
"I will try and follow in his footsteps," said the Benin international. "What he did here is an inspiration to me. He is also African, like me, and we almost have the same story.
"He was born in Africa and came to France and then to England. He is a great player and man. I've never met him but maybe I will in the future.
"My idol is Drogba. Sometimes I just watch video clips of him, scoring goals over here. I have a similar style to him. I'm big like him. (Palace's Christian) Benteke as well, who is a great striker. I have to learn off them.
"Now people know who I am. It was amazing to start like this. I couldn't imagine a better start. For my first game it's a big confidence boost.
"But this game has finished. We have our next game to focus on now."
Huddersfield boss Wagner was quick to praise Mounie's work ethic - a trait the German manager believes is a rarity among modern strikers.
"He's very open-minded. He'll ask if he isn't sure what he has to do, and he has a great working attitude, a real terrier attitude, which is unusual for a striker, for a goalscorer.
"Usually, a striker or goalscorer only likes to score and without the ball give the responsibility to the rest of the team."
Huddersfield now find themselves second in the Premier League behind only Manchester United after the first round of fixtures and Wagner has backed his side to avoid the drop this season.
"We have a real chance to stay up, I knew this before this game," he said. "You only like to have a chance and we have a chance.
"We are in the Premier League, and we have a real chance, and it's up to us what we do out of it."