Jose Mourinho might take some convincing but according to Everton captain Phil Jagielka, Romelu Lukaku's goals are helping Chelsea towards securing the Premier League title with the Belgian forward having netted seven goals in as many starts during his loan spell.

Lukaku has scored against title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City at the start of his season-long loan spell at Goodison Park, allowing the Blues to climb the table in pursuit of leaders Arsenal.

Despite being assured first-team opportunities this season, Lukaku was controversially loaned out to Everton on deadline day of the summer transfer window, a second season away from Chelsea after netting 17 goals for West Bromwich Albion last term.

With the club's remaining forwards Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres having netted just three times in the league between them, Mourinho's decision to allow Lukaku to leave the club appears to be a mistake but Jagielka insists Chelsea are benefitting.

"It's not a bad idea and a way at looking at things from Chelsea's perspective," Jagielka told the Daily Mirror.

"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. 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."