According to The Guardian, Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o could be on his way out of the Stamford Bridge exit door after only one season of playing in Chelsea colours. With the Cameroonian’s contract set to expire next summer, Eto’o looks destined for a transfer to a Major League Soccer team with LA Galaxy and D.C. United becoming early front runners for the 32 year old’s signature.
Jose Mourinho will be looking to add fresh new talent to his striking ranks next summer given the poor form displayed by his current attacking trio so far this season.
Between Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, only 4 goals have been scored in league competition. Eto’o has contributed to half of these goals but for somebody who is a three time European Cup winner and a four time African Player of the Year, this is completely unacceptable and something Blues fans must now be left scratching their heads over.
Given the lack of goals and increasing transfer rumours, the question Chelsea fans are snow asking is should Jose Mourinho sell Samuel Eto’o? The argument in favour of keeping him, isn’t convincing. In fact, it’s a self defeating one that really raises the question, why was he ever bought in the first place. The statistics speak for themselves and according to Squawka, the Chelsea striker has only scored 2 goals in 9 Premier League appearances, creating just 3 chances in the process. Such poor attacking reading is undeniably a consistent pain in the neck for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and performances need to improve quickly. Chelsea require a goal scorer that performs on a regular basis like former Chelsea hero Didier Drogba.
Samuel Eto’o is also a veteran of the game and at 32 years old, he is well past his prime. He may have won the European trophy 3 times and achieved many other accolades in his glittering career however they were when he played at the very top of his game, Chelsea require younger talent up front.
The argument for keeping the old dog is reliant upon looking at his past and keeping ones fingers crossed for the future.
Samuel Eto’o over the years has proven he can adapt to any league he has featured in. Whether it be the Spanish league, the Italian league or the Russian league, Eto’o has achieved double figures when it comes to goals and despite scoring just 2 so far in English football, Eto’o is slowly adapting to the English style of play.
Eto’o may well be a veteran of the game and may well be past his prime but he would provide high quality back-up to the first team if the first choice strikers like Fernando Torres got injured.
He would also make a brilliant final 20 minutes substitution to add that extra sting in the Chelsea attack. His experience would also benefit the other forwards in the. Chelsea squad as they can learn from him.
So where does that leave the Chelsea front line? In just a few words, “ a state of flux.” Lukaku appears personae non gratia, and Demba Ba was bought in haste only to be used so very sparingly.
But is this room for concern? Chelsea have scored 32 goals this season so far. The atmosphere at Stamford Bridge has rarely been less than electric. The demand for online tickets is always a tell tale sign, and Chelsea do brisk business. They routinely sell out.
It’s not just mince pies and mulled wine, the Jose feel good factor is definitely in the air. His frontline selections may have a few questions to consider, but not whilst things are on the up.
Chelsea’s forthcoming visit to the Emirates will be interesting, to put it mildly.