Romelu Lukaku has been voted Everton’s Player of the Season by both his teammates and the club’s supporters.
Lukaku, 23, picked up the Players’ Player of the Season award and the Player of the Season trophy — chosen by Everton fans — at the club’s end-of-season awards night on Tuesday.
The Belgium international, who has been linked with a summer exit from Goodison Park, was rewarded for his form this term, which has seen him score 25 goals in all competitions, with 24 of those coming in the Premier League.
Lukaku currently leads the race for the Premier League’s Golden Boot, having scored three more than nearest rival Harry Kane of Tottenham with two games of the season remaining — although Spurs have an extra game in hand.
On winning the Players’ Player of the Season award, Lukaku said he was expecting Idrissa Gueye to come out on top.
“I’m surprised to win. Since I turned professional, this is the first time I’ve won this award,” he said. “For me, personally, I thought Gana was going to win because he has been the best player consistently. I told him earlier that he was going to win.
“He and the other midfielders this year gave more licence to the likes of me, Ross Barkley, Kevin Mirallas and Yannick Bolasie to create and score. As a team we are back on track and the future looks bright.
“I’m very happy and I want to thank the manager [Ronald Koeman] as well for pushing me because I know I am not an easy guy. We have an open relationship and he took me to the next level. I want to thank the fans as well.”
Lukaku’s goals this season have also seen him overtake Duncan Ferguson to become Everton’s all-time top scorer in the Premier League era.
“As a young guy I just try to learn every day and give my best,” Lukaku said after picking up his second award. “Sometimes there are ups and downs but it’s always with the best intentions. I want to help my teammates win and I have tried my best this season.
“I think everybody is playing at a high level and I look at the improvement of Ross, who inspires me day in, day out. Gana came in from a team that got relegated [Aston Villa] and being a main man in midfield has been impressive. Also Jags [Phil Jagielka], he was out the starting lineup but has led the team.”
Elsewhere, it was also a successful night for Everton midfielder Tom Davies, who won the Young Player of the Season award, as well as the Individual Performance of the Season trophy for his display against Manchester City and Goal of the Season award for his strike in the same game.
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