Having seen 2 official bids rejected by Manchester United for Wayne Rooney, Chelsea seem to have explored the possibility of bringing former Barcelona forward, Samuel Eto’o, to Stamford Bridge.
Eto’o, who has been a problem for Chelsea in the past, scored freely for Barcelona, and did the same for Inter Milan, under Jose Mourinho. He says he enjoyed his time playing for Mourinho at Inter, and the forward, currently at Anzhi Makhachkala, is adding fuel to the speculation by suggesting Chelsea have an offer ready for him:
“There is only one Jose Mourinho. I have played under a lot of great coaches – but there is no other character in the game like Jose,”
“He is one of the best coaches in the world – and we had a lot of success together at Inter Milan. I would like to have the chance to play under him again – because it is never boring when Jose is around.
“Of course Chelsea are a great team – and when we have all the offers on the table then I will discuss with my agent and see what my next step is.”
But is he Chelsea’s only fall-back option?
As it so happens, there are alternatives to 32-year-old Eto’o. Here are some of them listed below:
Having endured a torrid start to life at Real Madrid, Benzema found his feet under Mourinho, and looked very much like the striker he was at Lyon. And having worked with Mourinho, it would still need a bit to convince Benzema to join Mourinho at Chelsea, a team currently built with a large French speaking quadrant. A move for Benzema would also pave the way for Real Madrid to make Suarez their blockbuster buy for the summer, leaving Gareth Bale as unfinished business for next year to deal with, whose club Tottenham seem reluctant to do business this summer.
The 29-year-old Schalke striker is known to be a clinical finisher, and is also known to be a great holder of the ball. His natural and effective hunger for finishing makes him one of the most feared strikers in the Bundesliga, and would also work in Chelsea’s favour when his holding play comes into effect. Having attackers that run at goal like Hazard and Mata, Huntelaar would provide the perfect platform for them to showcase their skills going forward.
With 32 goals from 31 league and Champions League starts last season, Burak Yilmaz definitely has a record of a player Chelsea are in need of this year. The 27-year-old Galatasaray finisher is a pure goal scorer, and focuses on nothing but getting the ball at the back of the net. He’s always seen shoulder to shoulder with the last defender, waiting for attackers to provide him with a killer ball forward. He has a major spring in his step, and is also very effective when he’s waiting in the box. Mourinho seems to have stuck with his philosophy of creating a counter attacking team, and Yilmaz’s pace would certainly be a positive in those situations. We could even get our Didier to convince him if, as rumoured, he’s not ready to move!
Having unfortunately lost out to PSG and Monaco for Cavani and Falcao respectively, Rooney and Suarez seemed to be our next options. With Suarez all but ruled out, Rooney still seems to be the one Chelsea are desperate for.
However, it is wise by the club to look at alternatives should a deal fall through, and though Samuel Eto’o may be on that list, I fear his age and pace, along with the speed of his feet and decision making significantly reduced, signing him may be more of a problem than a solution.
The argument can be made that his age would allow 19-year-old Lukaku a couple of years to develop into a forward we all hope for, however, players like Huntelaar could also make a case for that.
In conclusion, I’d personally like to see 1 of the three listed forwards over Eto’o.
Leave me your thoughts below. Is Eto’o our best fall-back option? Is there anyone other than the players listed?