With the youngster's power already clear in his early playing career, it is perhaps easy to see why such similarities to the Ivory Coast man are drawn.
For Distin, however, it is not a fully justified appraisal.
The Frenchman told evertonfc.com: “He might like Drogba a lot as a player, but I think Rom’s very different. He’s a lot more powerful. Drogba was a mix of strength and, I have to say, 'cheating'.
“He liked to come strong at you and then when you did it to him he was on the floor. Rom is 100 per cent. If you go shoulder to shoulder with him he’s not going to stop. He’ll just carry on.
“Drogba was canny about when to fall but if Rom can be as good as him in other ways then it’ll be great for him.”
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