"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. 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.”
Those were the words of Hull City boss Steve Bruce before his side met Everton earlier this season - and it was a concept shared by former Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins.
It seems far-fetched - but today it might have just worked.
Lukaku was superb for Everton today, especially in the second half against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby in the early afternoon kick off.
He bagged two goals in the game, two goals that for a long time looked like being the goals that won the game for Roberto Martinez’s men.
In the end it was not meant to be, as Daniel Sturridge got a late and deserved equaliser in a thrilling fixture at Goodison Park.
Chelsea went on to beat West Ham later in the evening, in a devastating 3-0 triumph - a result that takes them level with Liverpool just four points behind Arsenal in the Premier League.
It seems we have all got it wrong. Mourinho has not made a mistake loaning out Lukaku, it is a stroke of genius!
This is just one, and with games against big teams still to come, Lukaku can continue to help Chelsea whilst away from the club - and because he is on loan he cannot do the same against his parent club - Chelsea.
Sure he could be scoring these goals for Chelsea - which would be a much easier way for the Belgian to be influencing things for Jose Mourinho.
But this way he attacks on two fronts. Not only is he hopefully using his special managerial ability to win games for Chelsea but he has one of his guys out on loan doing the business for them against some of their biggest title rivals.
Liverpool today, Manchester United next then Arsenal … Lukaku is going to win Chelsea the Premier League!
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