Chelsea FC: 5 Reasons the Samuel Eto'o Acquisition Was a Big Gamble

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Chelsea FC: 5 Reasons the Samuel Eto'o Acquisition Was a Big Gamble
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It’s like Chelsea are addicted to having problems at the striker position.

With the end of the summer transfer period, one would think the Blues would have done everything in their power to improve at the spot. But after the dust settled on Sunday, Chelsea looks a little worse off than they did even heading into the preseason.

The recent acquisition at striker was Samuel Eto’o, who was signed on Thursday from Anzhi Makhachkala in a one-year, £7 million deal. But signing the 32-year-old Eto’o seemed to have made the Sunday one-year loan of Romelu Lukaku to Everton a possibly wrongly perceived necessity.

After having problems at the position dating back a couple of years, it looked like Chelsea were finally making a move to get a big-name player to join Fernando Torres and Demba Ba this calendar year. Names like Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Wayne Rooney were all linked to Stamford Bridge at some point in time.

When it became obvious to the Blues last week that the Rooney deal was nothing but wishful thinking and that Manchester United wanted to hold on to the 27-year-old Englishman, Chelsea turned their attention to Eto’o, a four-time African Footballer of the Year.

And then the Europa League champions signed the veteran Cameroonian. It seemed the Blues were finally set at the position with either Torres/Lukaku/Eto’o or Ba/Lukaku/Eto’o rotations to be employed by manager José Mourinho.

But no, that’s not what’s going to happen. Of course not.

Mourinho and management decided again to send Lukaku out on a one-year loan, and Chelsea will now head into the rest of their season and UEFA Champions League play with Torres, Ba and Eto’o.

Why could this matter so much? Let’s take a look before the werewolves of London get here.

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