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Clarke Insists Strikers Challenge For Starting Positon And League Cup Draw

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku at the Hawthorns

West Brom boss Steve Clarke has insisted that his strikers challenge each other for their position as Romelu Lukaku’s time on the sidelines looks to be extended. Lukaku, currently on loan from Chelsea, has not been able to simply force his way into the Chelsea first team ahead of Fernando Torres, who has refound his form, the Brazlian youngster Oscar and new boy Eden Hazard. Clarke has set a challenge for Shane Long, Peter Odemwingie, Marc-Antoine Fortune and new signing, Markus Rosenberg to make each players position up for grabs.

Clarke revealed “Competition for places is a good thing, as long as its healthy”. Lukaku is looking to start in West Bromwich Albion’s first game against Liverpool on Saturday 18th August at the Hawthorns. The newly appointed boss also revealed his intentions to keep all of the strikers at the club, confirming he does not wish to offload strikers Fortune and Long. “I would like to keep them all, Whether that’s possible, I’m not sure, because you don’t know how players are going to react to the competition for starting places, so we will have to see, but at the moment I expect to keep them all”.

Also on Wednesday 15th August the League Cup second round was drawn with West Brom being invloved in the draw. They were drawn against League One side Yeovil Town who progressed after beating Colchester 3-0 at home. The Baggies will travel to the Huish Park on the 27th of August for the Capitol One Cup. These two teams have never met in a competitive fixture before so it will be interesting to witness the outcome.

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