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Chelsea striker tipped for Merseyside success

Phil Jagielka believes Romelu Lukaku can be magnificent

By | 11th September 2013
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Influential Everton defender Phil Jagielka has tipped Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku for success at Goodison Park this season following the Belgian’s loan move to the club. Lukaku is one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League and leads a generation of Belgian stars that are rising through the ranks across Europe.

The 20 year old scored a sensational 17 Premier League goals for West Bromwich Albion last season, and Jagielka hopes that he can do the same for the Toffees this year.

“If he can repeat that sort of form for us, it will be magnificent,” Jagielka said, according to the Mirror. ”I’ve played against him and he’s a big, strong striker. He’s got pace, he’s got power and more often than not he finds the target.

“Last season he scored 17 goals for West Brom. If we can get him firing on all cylinders, we’ll have a real threat.

“We’ve got Nikica Jelavic and Arouna Kone already so we’ll have three strikers, who can hopefully put each other under pressure and do the business.”

Roberto Martinez put his own stamp on the Everton squad after taking over for David Moyes this summer. Martinez brought in four players that he won last season’s FA Cup with, completing the signing of midfielder James McCarthy with just minutes to spare in the transfer deadline. Lukaku’s loan arrival gives Martinez more options up front after the sale of Victor Anichebe to West Bromwich Albion, while Manchester City’s Gareth Barry also completed a loan move to Goodison Park.

Overall, Lukaku joins an improved Everton side even after the sale of Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United, and will be looking to match his tally from last season in a bid to establish himself at Stamford Bridge moving forward.

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