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
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
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
“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