Chelsea Signing Samuel Eto'o: Which Striker Might Leave to Make Space for Him?

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Chelsea Signing Samuel Eto'o: Which Striker Might Leave to Make Space for Him?
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Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku had better be worried, now that a certain Cameroonian is in town.

Samuel Eto'o was officially declared a Chelsea player on Thursday evening, having put pen to paper on a one-year contract. The veteran goal-poacher's arrival isn't exactly good news for the Blues' existing front-men, as it is likely that one of the trio will be offloaded to make space for the 32-year-old.

The announcement came just a couple of days after the Blues played out a dull draw with Manchester United, a game they started without a natural striker.

What transpired on that Monday night was probably not what the majority present inside the stadium had hoped for. The stalemate at Old Trafford certainly wasn't the best exhibition for English football.

Jose Mourinho's decision to field four attacking midfielders and no target man was perceived by some as a lack of ambition on the part of the Portuguese gaffer. It could, alternatively, also be indicative of the manager's dissatisfaction with the striking options at his disposal.

If we were to take an investigative look at Mourinho's selection over three Premier League games, we'd be excused for thinking he doesn't have much faith in any of the strikers he had available before the arrival of Eto'o. Be it Torres or Ba leading the line, the man lining up as striker always seems to cut a forlorn figure by the time he leaves the pitch.

Then there's Lukaku, who did ever so well at West Brom on loan, and also made an impression in preseason. For him, especially, chances in the team have come at a premium thus far. Has he not been able to impress Mourinho sufficiently in training?

It is clear that Mourinho believed bringing in Eto'o was imperative. What we may also conclude is that, with just over 48 hours to go before the close of the summer transfer window, the Chelsea manager could be exploring the possibility of letting one of Torres, Ba and Lukaku leave.

That would free up some space for Eto'o and also ensure that the Chelsea squad has three options for the centre-forward slot, which I reckon is the optimum figure. 

Here I examine the case of each of the three strikers who could be offloaded to accommodate Eto'o.

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