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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has been named the Premier League Player of the Month for March.

Lukaku picked up the players’ award following a month in which he scored four times in three games as Everton picked up six points from a possible nine.

Those goals took Lukaku to the top of the Premier League goal-scoring charts with 21 for the season so far.

“I’m really happy,” Lukaku said. “It gives me another boost. I’m playing well at the minute and the team is doing really well.”

Similarly, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has been named the Premier League Manager of the Month for March.

Howe received the award for the first time and, at 39 years old, became the youngest-ever recipient, after leading Bournemouth unbeaten through March, winning two games and drawing one, to move nine points clear of the relegation zone.

“It feels really good,” he said. “It was such an important month for us. The fact we were able to pick up seven points and go unbeaten means everything to us at this moment.”

Howe saw off competition from Sam Allardyce, Antonio Conte, Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino and Craig Shakespeare.

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