Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o broke onto the world football stage while only in the 10th grade. He soon became a legend at Mallorca before making the move to Barcelona. Eto'o flourished at Barcelona and was a consistent pichichi candidate.
Eto'o has been gone from Barcelona for a few years after the club sold him with money to bring in Zlatan Ibrahimovic. While Eto'o had a short career at Barcelona, his impact remains at the club in the form of 17-year-old Cameroonian Jean Marie Dongou.
At such a tender age, Dongou has already made a name for himself by being promoted to the Barcelona B side. Besides being a Cameroon native, Dongou shares many traits with his idol. For instance, both players apply their trade at the CF position.
Like Eto'o, Dongou is a powerful striker. One can only remember the strength Eto'o displayed when charging into the box to make a run. The similar raw power is often seen in Dongou when attacking the goal. Just watching him can make one think that he is even stronger than Eto'o.
Dongou also possesses surprising speed for someone his size at 6'0" feet tall. Eto'o was not short either, yet both use their speed and power to take on defenders. With such a broad body, it often surprises that Dongou is as fast as any player you will watch.
The most similar trait shared between the two is the goal-scoring instinct. Eto'o was known for having an eye for goal as nothing would stop him from ripping the back of the net. The very same mentality lives in Dongou, who, as soon as he receives the ball, charges at the goal for a strike.
Both Eto'o and Dongou are natural goal scorers. They find a way to be in the right place at the right time to find the ball for a strike. Dongou is a rightful wearer of the No. 9 jersey as was Eto'o. But perhaps where most fans will find the biggest resemblance, is the powerful shot both strikers are capable of.
It is yet to be seen how Dongou will fit in with the first team once the time arrives. He does play CF, but then again so does Lionel Messi. It will be difficult for Dongou to change to a winger position, but that has yet to be discussed by the club.
Dongou will be the next Samuel Eto'o, but Barcelona will be wise to hold onto the player. When his time comes, he will only help the Catalan side while paying homage to the man that blazed his trail.
Now to you the fans. Is Dongou the next Eto'o and will he have a role to play for FC Barcelona?