Long urges Lukaku to stay on

Shane Long reckons Romelu Lukaku should return to West Brom next

season if he wants to become ‘the complete striker’.

That was the target the teenage Belgian set himself after

scoring both goals in Albion’s 2-1 victory over Sunderland on

Saturday.

Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, has already indicated he might be

prepared to return to for a second season, and Long believes The

Hawthorns is the best place for his young striker partner to hone

his craft.

He said: “Rom is still young. You look at him and can’t believe

he is 19-20. He has a lot of learning to do but he wants to learn,

is relishing the challenge here and it is good to play alongside

him.

“They’ve got plenty of options at Chelsea and I think he likes

it here. He likes playing for the manager, he likes the lads and he

finds it fun coming to training every day.

“Hopefully we can get him back next season and keep him going

the way he is going.”

Lukaku is hoping his goals will help West Brom improve on their

current seventh spot and nick a European place for next season.

He said: “I know we have the players at West Brom to achieve

that goal. We have the staff, the experience and the up and coming

players to do it.

“I have personal ambitions I want to reach. I work on all

different aspects of my game and have the qualities to become the

complete striker.”