Romelu Lukaku is a handful in training - Jagielka

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Chelsea starlet Romelu Lukaku has made a superb start to his loan spell at Everton - and the 20-year-old striker has been hailed by Toffees' captain Phil Jagielka.

Lukaku has scored three goals in two appearances for Everton since signing a season-long loan deal at the end of the summer transfer window, and Jagielka believes the Belgium international can move the club up a level.

"He's a fantastic acquisition for us," Jagielka told the Mirror. "He's a great player and has probably taken us up to that next level. If he can keep himself fit and keep himself confident, he could be great for us."

England international Jagielka went on to explain how he actively avoids battling with the powerful Lukaku, who is one the Premier League's strongest strikers, in training.

"He's definitely a handful," Jagielka added. "I try to stay away from him in training, to be honest!

"He has all the attributes and he loves playing football, and if you put it all together, then it can lead to some interesting days on the training pitch for us defenders.

"He's a real presence up front. Obviously he wasn't quite getting the nod at Chelsea and that's made him even hungrier than he was last season [when the Londoners loaned him to West Brom]."

Lukaku scored 17 goals in 35 appearances for West Brom last season and was tipped to play a starring role at Chelsea this term. However, Blues' boss Jose Mourinho saw fit to loan him out for another season, opting to bring in the 32-year-old Samuel Eto'o instead.

Chelsea's short-term loss is undoubtedly Everton's short-term gain.

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