Everton defender Phil Jagielka has said on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku is actually helping out his parent-club Chelsea by scoring goals against their title rivals.
The Belgium scored a brace last weekend during the thrilling Merseyside Derby, which eventually ended 3-3 meaning that Liverpool dropped two points in the title-race.
Later on in the same day, Chelsea stormed to a 3-0 victory over West Ham United, which meant they were left level on points with Brendan Rodgers’ men, both being four points off leaders Arsenal.
In a recent interview, Everton’s captain, Phil Jagielka, said loaning out Lukaku may be a smart move by Jose Mourinho as he may score big goals against top opposition which could help out The Blues in their quest for the title.
“It’s not a bad idea and a way at looking at things from Chelsea’s perspective,” Jagielka told the Daily Mirror.
“Unfortunately for Rom, with Chelsea mainly playing one up front, he had a big decision to make whether to stay there and play five or 10 games a season or do what he did when he went to West Brom last season.
“I think he made the right decision. That’s already been proven and we’re only a third the way through the season.
“Potentially it can work for Chelsea. He can’t play against Chelsea, but can against everyone else.
“If he helps us perform against the so-called big boys and rivals of Chelsea, then it will be a very good decision by them.
“Rom has played a massive role with his goals, but also his presence on a day-to-day basis lifts everyone.
“He’s hard work to train against, though. I try to stay as far as way as possible.
“We don’t do too much contact stuff, but when we do it is difficult – as it is playing against any of our attacking players.
“I try to use my brain a little bit and choose him on my team or make him go on the left of the forwards. It makes my life a bit easier.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles