Lukaku deserves Young Player of the Year award, says West Brom No2

West Brom assistant Keith Downing believes Romelu Lukaku deserves to win this season's Young Player of the Year award

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Romelu Lukaku has scored 12 Premier League goals for Steve Clarke's side this season Back Page Images

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Romelu Lukaku is one of the standout candidates to win the PFA Young Player of Year award, according to West Bromwich Albion’s assistant manager Keith Downing.

The 19-year-old has been in scintillating form for the Baggies after scoring 12 goals in 25 Premier League appearances during his season-long loan switch from Chelsea.

The Belgium international netted his 11th and 12th goals of the campaign last Saturday as he inspired the Baggies to a 2-1 victory over the Black Cats at the Hawthorns.

Lukaku is likely to face stiff competition for the award, but Baggies number two Downing believes that the forward is definitely in the running.

“He should be in contention for winning the award [PFA Young Player]. Absolutely. He has got to be up there given his record and his contribution,” said Downing.

“Whatever accolades come his way, he will deserve them. He has made a big impression to kick-start his career.

“It was important for everyone – West Brom, Chelsea and himself – that he got into an environment where he is comfortable, can play football, learn and progress.

“Chelsea have kept him closely monitored and it’s been a success for all three parties.

“The future will take care of itself but at the moment we are pleased with him and for him.

“He’s a real worker and what he achieves doesn’t come by chance but through endeavour.”

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