He may have been deemed not good enough to play for Chelsea, but Romelu Lukaku may still help the Blues win the Premier League title.
That is the opinion of Lukaku’s team-mate at Everton this season, Phil Jagielka.
Jagielka says that Belgian striker Lukaku proved that his is still an asset to Chelsea, if a remote one, when he scored against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby last weekend.
Lukaku’s brace against the Reds meant they dropped two points, allowing Chelsea to draw level with them in second place on the log.
And Jagielka says that if the hit man keeps scoring against Chelsea’s rivals, the London club could benefit in the long run.
"It's not a bad idea and a way at looking at things from Chelsea's perspective," Jagielka told the Daily Mirror, referring to Lukaku’s loan move to Goodison Park.
"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,” Jagielka added.
"If he helps us perform against the so-called big boys and rivals of Chelsea, then it will be a very good decision by them.
"Rom has played a massive role with his goals, but also his presence on a day-to-day basis lifts everyone.
"He's hard work to train against, though. I try to stay as far as way as possible.
"We don't do too much contact stuff, but when we do it is difficult - as it is playing against any of our attacking players.
"I try to use my brain a little bit and choose him on my team or make him go on the left of the forwards. It makes my life a bit easier."