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Everton skipper hails Chelsea's secret weapon

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Everton captain Phil Jagielka believes club teammate Romelu Lukaku could help parent side Chelsea win the title this season.

Lukaku has been in outstanding form for Everton this season, scoring an impressive seven goals in nine games for the Toffees since securing a move to Roberto Martinez's side on deadline day.

The 20-year-old was allowed to leave Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan deal as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was keen for Lukaku to get some more first-team football under his belt.

Jagielka also believes Lukaku was loaned out because he can bolster Chelsea's title hopes by helping Everton claim points against the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City.

"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."

Lukaku has already helped his side take a point off of second-placed Liverpool, by scoring a brace against Everton's arch-rivals.

Chelsea and Everton will be hoping Lukaku can continue his fantastic goalscoring form into the festive period, as the Toffees face Manchester United and Arsenal in the next few weeks.

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