Simon Mignolet

Mignolet on Lukaku threat

by Stuart Vose

Keeper could come face-to-face with colleague this weekend.

Simon Mignolet will know one opponent more than most when Sunderland step out against West Brom this weekend – in-form striker Romelu Lukaku.

Mignolet and Lukaku are team-mates in the Belgium international squad and could go head-to-head at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Lukaku, 19, is on loan from Chelsea and has been one of Albion’s main men this season, notching 10 goals.

While Mignolet is expecting the youngster to be a threat, he says Sunderland must focus on their own game.

“He’s a very good player and I’ve known him since he was very young playing for Anderlecht in Belgium as well,” said Mignolet, who will collect the North East Sports Writers’ player of the year award on Sunday night.

“He is very strong, very quick and can score goals – hopefully he won’t do that on Saturday.

“He’s been around since he was 17 as well, people know him now hopefully our defenders will be up for it on Saturday.

“But I don’t think we have to focus too much on their players. I think we have the quality in the squad to try and create the chances we want to and if we score a goal there we can definitely win the game.

“It’s a very difficult game but also a very important one for us.”