Romelu Lukaku can help Chelsea's title bid - Bruce

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes Romelu Lukaku was sent out on loan so he could damage Chelsea's title rivals.

Bruce, whose Hull side take on Lukaku's Everton at Goodison Park this weekend, has questioned Chelsea's decision to send the Belgium striker on loan.

Chelsea's current strikers - Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba - are yet to score a league goal for the west London side, which makes Jose Mourinho's decision to allow Lukaku to leave Stamford Bridge even more bizarre.

However Bruce believes Lukaku, who has scored four goals for Roberto Martinez's side since signing for Everton on deadline day, could in fact help his parent side win this season's Premier League title.

"He's a hell of a loan signing on deadline day, someone like Lukaku. I saw him playing for Belgium in midweek and he's going to be one hell of a player," Bruce told reporters.

"Maybe the reason why he's gone there is Jose has thought 'maybe Everton can go and get a few points off the big boys with him in their team'.

"That would be pretty shrewd really and I think they can."

Lukaku, who featured in Chelsea's Premier League opener against Hull, is likely to start - despite playing in Belgium's recent World Cup qualifying matches against Croatia and Wales.

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