Top 10: Premier League teen goalscorers

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Romelu Lukaku is officially the hottest young property in the Premier League, after the Chelsea loanee became the highest scoring teenager in England's top-flight since 1999.

The 19-year-old Belgian striker netted his 13th league goal of the season to help West Brom to a 2-1 victory over Capital One Cup winners, Swansea, at The Hawthorns last weekend; a goalscoring return that hasn't been bettered since a baby-faced Michael Owen notched 18 league goals for Liverpool 14 years ago.

Owen replicated the impressive tally he first recorded in 1997/98 again, a year later, that left him five goals short of the all-time Premier League record for a teenager, held by former Reds team-mate Robbie Fowler.

Fowler burst onto the Anfield scene in 1993 scoring 12 goals in his first 13 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool, finishing the 1993/94 season as the club's top goalscorer with 18 goals.

The following campaign, at the age of 19, Fowler was an ever-present for Liverpool, playing in all 57 of their competitive matches - including the 1995 League Cup final victory - and scored 23 league goals in a memorable season that also included the Premier League's fastest ever hat-trick in four minutes and 33 seconds, which is another record that still stands in the annals of recent history.

Meanwhile, Lukaku's sensational season with the Baggies this term, moved him level with Nicolas Anelka in the teenage goalscorer charts. The Frenchman scored 13 goals for Arsenal in 1998/99 before leaving north London for Real Madrid in a £22million deal that summer.

The former Anderlecht star has played an important role for Steve Clarke's side in 2012/13, since Chelsea decided to send Lukaku out on loan, in order to gain more first-team experience.

With goals in each of his last three games for West Brom - including a brace in the recent 2-1 win against Sunderland - the £18million man has proved a great addition to the Midlands outfit, leaving supporters of his parent club scratching their heads, as the Blues continue to stand by misfiring striker Fernando Torres.

The Spaniard has now gone 11 hours and 22 minutes since last scoring a Premier League goal, something that Lukaku has delivered time and time again this year, making him one of the most prolific teenagers ever to grace the top-flight.

LA Galaxy star Robbie Keane completes the top five in this illustrious list of scorers, with his 12 Premier League goals for Coventry City in 1999/2000, following a £6million move from Wolverhampton Wanderers at the start of that season, earning him a place amongst English football's elite.

The journeyman striker arrived in what was then a British record transfer for a teenager, and scored two goals on his debut, before going on to play a major role in a stylish, attacking Sky Blues side.

Wayne Rooney's debut season at Manchester United heralded 11 Premier League goals in 2004/05, following a high-profile £25million move from Everton that summer, while Kevin Gallen, Emile Heskey and Jermain Defoe all hit double figures during their teenage playing days at Queens Park Rangers, Leicester City and West Ham United.

Check out the top 10 Premier League goalscoring teenagers below - with all stats courtesy of OPTA and the Daily Mail:

1. Robbie Fowler | Liverpool | 1994/95 | 23 goals

2. Michael Owen | Liverpool | 1997/98 | 18 goals

3. Michael Owen | Liverpool 1998/99 | 18 goals

4. Romelu Lukaku | West Brom (on loan from Chelsea) | 2012/13 | 13 goals

5. Nicolas Anelka | Arsenal | 1998/99 | 13 goals

6. Robbie Keane | Coventry City | 1999/2000 | 12 goals

7. Robbie Fowler | Liverpool | 1993/94 | 12 goals

8. Wayne Rooney | Manchester United | 2004/05 | 11 goals

9. Kevin Gallen | QPR | 1994/95 | 10 goals

10. Emile Heskey | Leicester City | 1996/97 | 10 goals

11. Jermain Defoe | West Ham | 2001/02 | 10 goals

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