Lukaku loan to damage Chelsea’s rivals, believes Bruce

Hull City boss Steve Bruce believes Jose Mourinho’s logic behind Romelu Lukaku’s loan switch to Everton was to win points from Chelsea’s Premier League title rivals, ITV Sport has reported.

After confusion as to why Chelsea manager Mourinho has sent Lukaku out on loan when the Blues have struggled to find a prolific striker, Hull manager Bruce has given his suggestion as to why Mourinho allowed the 20-year-old to leave.

Maybe the reason why he’s gone there is Jose has thought ‘maybe Everton can go and get as few points off the big boys with him in their team’,” Bruce said. “That would be pretty shrewd really and I think they can.

Bruce’s side face Lukaku’s Everton on Saturday, and the manager has been doing his homework on the young forward. “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.

Roberto Martinez inherited a very good side and with the addition of Lukaku and James McCarthy they’ve really added to a squad which has grown well over the last few years.

Lukaku has scored four goals in three appearances for Everton this season, and is continuing to prove his worth in Martinez’s side as they prepare for the visit of Hull on Saturday.

Interest has also been shown in Romelu’s younger brother, Jordan, who is currently playing on loan for Belgian Pro League club Oostende. Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in the 19-year-old left-back, who faced Spurs in the NextGen Series last December.

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