Samuel Eto’o: Will Jose Mourinho’s ‘Plan B’ be Chelsea’s bargain?

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Samuel Eto’o completed his move to Stamford Bridge today after Jose Mourinho and Chelsea admitted defeat in their pursuit of Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.

Chelsea’s problems in the striking department are well documented and after it became clear that neither Radamel Falcao nor Edinson Cavani were going to make their way to West London many fans had their heart set on Rooney as an alternative whilst others had reservations over the forward as they didn’t want another Fernando Torres-like situation on their hands.

But what can the Stamford Bridge faithful expect from Eto’o?

Initially eyebrows were raised when the Blues were first linked with the 32-year-old because of his age and his status as the world’s highest paid player at Anzhi Makhachkala, how much would it cost and how much would he be taking in wages from the club?

It’s not every day a club gets the opportunity to sign a three-time Champions League winner on the relative cheap.

The financial side of the game is more prevalent with new financial rules coming into effect in the Premier League as well as UEFA competitions so it’s not surprising that fans take more notice of fees/wages when it comes to transfers these days. Luckily, it doesn’t look as though Eto’o will cost as much as we first thought and if the reported £7 million one-year deal is true then he’s taking less money than he could earn elsewhere just to join Chelsea.

Eto’o may be in the twilight years of his career but he’s still a big name, the only player to win back-to-back trebles, and is a man that Mourinho trusts. The duo enjoyed a successful relationship at Inter Milan together and was often used as a winger by the Portuguese manager. He has also played as a number 10 for Anzhi and this versatility will appeal to Mourinho as he prefers to manage smaller squads blessed with players capable of playing multiple roles.

The need for goals will be the real reason Mourinho has opted to sign another forward and his latest addition has been prolific for Mallorca, Barcelona, Inter and Anzhi. In Russia he has averaged a goal in every two games and whilst some of his magic has dwindled over the years, it doesn’t mean he has lost his poacher’s touch and Didier Drogba enjoyed some of his best seasons during his thirties, so why can’t Eto’o?

It’s not every day a club gets the opportunity to sign a three-time Champions League winner on the relative cheap and as ‘Plan Bs’ go he ain’t half bad.

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