Former Chelsea star Samuel Eto’o completed his switch to Everton on Tuesday, ending the speculation on his future that’s been dominating headlines throughout the transfer window. Everton reported the deal on Tuesday:
The Cameroon international had previously been linked with a whole host of clubs during the summer, and even took to Twitter to voice the assessment of his options:
Italy? Spain? France? UK? Turkey? USA?????— Samuel Eto'o (@setoo9) July 2, 2014
However, he’ll now be calling Goodison Park home for the next 24 months, having signed for the Toffees on a two-year deal.
While it’s clear that Eto’o had a lot of suitors during the transfer window, his form in the Chelsea shirt last season hardly made him desirable.
As David Craddock of Goal.com revealed, the 33-year-old scored just 12 goals in 34 appearances during his time at Stamford Bridge, with the blanks he was firing costing the club dearly on their hunt for silverware.
It was no surprise to see the Blues release Eto’o as a free agent, but the man himself believes that his goal-shy days are behind him. He talked about the decision, courtesy of Everton's official Twitter feed:
Eto’o: “I was impressed with his enthusiasm but also by the knowledge of football that Roberto Martinez carries.” #WelcomeSamuel— Everton (@Everton) August 26, 2014
While competition up front with Everton will be fierce in 2014/15, what Eto’o can add is a touch of experience, and with squad depth an all-important factor in success, landing his signature could prove to be a masterstroke by manager Roberto Martinez.
Martinez also believes that his new recruit can display the kind of form that made him one of the world’s best during his time at Barcelona, outlining exactly what he believes Eto’o will bring to the Everton cause:
Martinez on Eto’o: “We are very excited and I think Everton is the perfect home for him.” #WelcomeSamuel— Everton (@Everton) August 26, 2014
Whether new surroundings will mean a new Eto’o remains to be seen, but the fact that he’s touched down at Goodison will fill fans with the utmost optimism on their quest for Champions League football.
The Cameroonian will be in the Everton squad this season, and there, he’ll be looking to kick off his tenure in the famous blue shirt with a goal and no questions about his age.