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West Brom boss Clarke throws down gauntlet to Lukaku

West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke wants Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku to prove his worth this season.

Lukaku recently grabbed the chance to prove himself in the Barclays Premier League by making a season-long loan switch to Albion, before this week hitting out at his parent club and branding last season as a waste of time.

"He's certainly hungry, I know that," said Clarke, who is in his first permanent managerial post.

"He wants to do well and prove himself in the Premier League. Whether he has grievances with Chelsea is not for me to comment on. I don't know what happened last year at Chelsea.

"It was obviously going to be difficult for him to get in the team ahead of Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres and that proved to be the case.

"But he's got a clean slate this year. He's one of a number of strikers competing for a place in my team and I'm hoping that at the end of this year he's not complaining about anything."

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