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Lukaku hails West Brom coaching staff

25 April 2013 10:17

On-loan West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku has heaped praised on the club's coaching staff.

The Chelsea forward has enjoyed a fruitful spell at the Hawthorns, scoring 13 goals after opening his account on his club debut against Liverpool in August.

His exploits have landed the Belgian a nomination for the PFA Young Player of the Year award but the 19-year-old was quick to lay the credit at the feet of West Brom boss Steve Clarke and his coaching staff.

"He [Clarke] challenges me all the time and I like challenges," Lukaku told the Birmingham Mail.

"Sometimes when I'm on the side winning in training he'll swap me to the losing side and then it's up to me to help the losing side win.

"When I've had one or two bad games in a row he comes to me and tells me to show a reaction. He is a very challenging head coach.

"The gaffer has supported me through everything and [assistants] Kevin Keen and Keith Downing have helped me a lot."

Lukaku, who joined Chelsea from Belgian outfit Anderlecht in 2011, also revealed his delight at being nominated for the PFA honour.

"To be there in the list is a dream come true," he said. "I never expected it this early in my career."

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