Why Romelu Lukaku Should Win the PFA Player of the Year Award

Freddie Young

​Romelu Lukaku has set the Premier League alight for Everton this season, scoring 24 goals so far, and has deservedly been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

He has also been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year award, and only Cristiano Ronaldo (2007) and Gareth Bale (2013) have won both awards in the same season since the turn of the century.


Lukaku's goals have Everton sitting comfortably in the top seven, giving the Toffees an outside chance of Champions League qualification, as they sit seven points behind fourth placed Manchester City with five games left to play. 

The Belgian powerhouse is four goals  clear of Harry Kane  at the top of the Premier League's goalscoring charts, with 24 goals , and has turned provider on numerous occasions. In comparison, Middlesborough's whole team combined have only scored 22 goals all season.

The 23-year-old has scored 40% of his teams league goals this season, and without those goals, Ronald Koeman's men would find themselves in possession of only 45 points, still in seventh place, but with no chance of qualifying for the Champions League and facing a tough battle to secure Europa League qualification.

The ex-Chelsea striker, who has scored 20 goals in 56 international caps, is the only player in the Premier League to have scored more than five goals with each of his left foot, right foot, and head, showing  that he is truly a class act and a complete striker.

When you consider that the likes of Eden Hazard, Alexis Sanchez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, N'Golo Kante, and Kane  all all play for the Premier League's elite, and are surrounded by elite team mates, Lukaku's goalscoring record is even more impressive than first thought.

It is no surprise that he is attracting interest from his old club Chelsea and Manchester United. No one else in the running for the award has been involved in as many goals as the Belgian.

Everton v Leicester City - Premier League
Everton v Leicester City - Premier League

The Belgian international is a traditional centre forward and a goalscoring machine, who poses a deadly threat to every defence he faces up against. 

His two goals in his side's 4-2 win against Leicester last Sunday made him the first Everton player since Fred Pickering in 1964/65  to score in eight successive home games - and he's since made it nine by finding the net in the weekend win over Burnley.

Lukaku also became the first Everton player since Gary Lineker in 1985/86 to score 20 goals in a season, and became only the fourth player to score 80 Premier League goals before his 24th birthday, joining the likes of Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, and Wayne Rooney on a prestigious list of strikers.

He may not be favourite to take the award, but in a league of very impressive strikers, Lukaku is this year's best if you're looking strictly at the numbers.

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