In addition to Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Juan Mata picking up PFA Team of the Year honours today, Blues loanee, and future Ballon d'Or-winner,* Romelu Lukaku was picking up some awards of his own. Tonight was also the End of Season Dinner for his loan club, West Bromwich Albion. As is usual for such events, the club handed out a number of awards. This year, there were ten awards, such as Goal of the Season, Young Player of the Season, and Players' Player of the Season; the usual, really.
[*May not be accurate.]
Of these ten awards, Lukaku was eligible for up to six of them. From these six awards, he managed to collect two of them, Goalscorer of the Season and Young Player of the Season, and was runner-up, along with Claudio Yacob, for the Supporters' Player of the Season behind winner Gareth McAuley, who was also the Players' Player of the Season. The runners-up weren't revealed for that particular award, but it's not hard to imagine him being near the top in that one too.
It shouldn't be a surprise that Lukaku is highly-respected at The Hawthorns. After all, he's the club's top scorer, despite starting just 17 times. He's featured in nearly-every game in the Premier League, though, also making 14 substitute appearances this season. There has been a lot of speculation about the young Belgian returning to the Albion again next season, and he'd almost-surely be welcomed back with open arms. Next year, he'd also probably be among the favourites for the full Player of the Year honours, while still being eligible to defend his current awards. It's a good day to be Lukaku.
And just because:
Just won topscorer and young player of the year at the end of season dinner of @wbafcofficial . Thanks to my family, teammates and the fans!— Romelu Lukaku (@RomeluLukaku9) April 28, 2013