Steve Clarke has indicated that star loanee from Chelsea Romelu Lukaku wishes to stay with West Brom.
Since joining the Baggies, Lukaku, who was an £18 million signing for Chelsea has started just three matches. However, he has managed three goals in those appearances and it is thought that he will play against Southampton tonight.
Though Chelsea are able to take back the 19-year-old in January’s transfer window, Clarke has insisted that Lukaku feels happy with West Brom and is wanting to continue improving his game at the Hawthorns.
“I haven’t spoken to Chelsea about what might happen but I speak to Lukaku and I know he’s happy. He’s in a better place now than he was when he came to us because he has played matches in the Premier League and has been a handful,” Clarke said.
“Lukaku has shown everybody that he’s a big talent and one for the future. He’s raw, he works hard on the training ground and he wants to be better.”
The Baggies play Southampton in a home match tonight, and Clarke has warned his team to be wary of the side.
“Nigel has had two successive promotions and done a great job for the club. They are a team we will treat with 100 per cent respect. We expect a really difficult game. Nigel’s teams always like to pass the ball. They are dangerous, can create chances and score goals,” he added.
West Brom are waiting on tests to see whether Shane Long and Claudio Yacob will be fit for tonight’s match. However, Chris Brunt and Billy Jones are now available to play.