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Chelsea legend believes Mourinho loaning Lukaku is 'tactical'

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Has Jose Mourinho allowed Romelu Lukaku join Chelsea on loan in order for him to do damage against his title rivals? Ray Wilkins thinks so.

The Sky Sports alternative to Match of the Day this morning saw Ray Wilkins and Steve Kean join Chris Kamara and Ben Shepherd on the sofa at Sky studios and discuss yesterday’s events.

Possibly the most exciting game of yesterday’s entire fixture list saw Everton take on West Ham at Upton Park. It was a toilsome task for presenter Shepherd, who as a West Ham fan had to relive the Leighton Baines show before on loan Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku scored a brave header - knocking himself out in the process on the back of Joey O’Brien’s cranium.

It was the culmination of a wonderful second half performance by Lukaku, who put in a much more holistic showing then that of the man he replaced Nikica Jelavic - and justified many peoples questions over whether Jose Mourinho was right to let him go considering his talents.

But Ray Wilkins had his own theory on the reason behind Lukaku’s move to Goodison Park on Deadline Day.

Wilkins, who started his career at Chelsea before also acting as assistant manager of the club to Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge - but interestingly enough, never worked with Jose Mourinho.

However he still has a rather interesting theory behind the Lukaku move.

Would any of Chelsea’s current strikers knock themselves out to score?

Perhaps he is being leant out elsewhere in order for him to do damage to those teams around him. Obviously Everton will be a tough team to beat, as always, for any of the Premier League’s 20 teams - they have proven that already this season.

But Lukaku cannot do any damage against Chelsea (not that The Toffees need him) and by loaning him out Mourinho knows the Belgian could score vital goals against the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool that might just see Chelsea end up finishing above them in the league.

It is an interesting theory and as Ben Shepherd implied it was also rather ’tactical and underhand’ but it could be a really good plan.

As long as it doesn’t backfire - Chelsea’s current trio of strikers fail to produce anything of note and come the end of the season Lukaku says ‘stick you’ to Chelsea and Mourinho.

An interesting theory indeed, but surely not even Mourinho is this cunning?

What do you think? Is Lukaku only out on loan to do damage to his parent clubs main rivals?

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