West Brom striker: 'The first thing I do after a game is watch Aston Villa'

Which West Bromwich Albion striker made this curious statement regarding Aston Villa and why is there a perfectly innocent explanation behind it?

Romelu Lukaku has been one of the best loan signings of the season, scoring 13 Premier League goals for West Brom and justifying the hype which brought him to Chelsea as one of Europe's most talented striking prospects.

He is very much a part of the international set up for his country too, featuring in Belgium's most recent friendly against Romania and is part of the squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

He has been busy speaking to the Belgian media ahead of the clash, and is urging coach Marc Wilmots to go all out attack and play him up front alongside Christian Benteke.

He revealed the two are great pals, making an admission about his friendship with the striker causes him to undertake a habit which is most unusual to any other West Brom players past or present.

"The first thing I do after a game is to watch Aston Villa, and (see) whether Christian has scored.

"Then I send him a text message. Or he me, if I've scored. We call each other more often than before. We laugh often and we also travel together from Birmingham to Brussels."

He admitted the pair play FIFA together in their spare time, but in the words of Lukaku 'I always win.'

For Belgium it is exciting to see the side have two superb strikers at their disposal. When they took on England at Wembley last summer prior to Euro 2012, the cutting edge was what they were lacking.

Eden Hazard played up front and had minimal impact, with neither Benteke or Lukaku having taken the steps needed to force their way into the starting line-up.

Benteke has an exact same record as Lukaku in the Premier League this season, 13 goals in 27 matches. 

Lukaku may not be watching Aston Villa for long though. Speaking to the media he backed his teammmate to make a move to a 'big club'. 

Happy for his pal's success, or the West Brom player in him coming out and having a dig at their Midlands rivals?

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