Chelsea Transfer Rumours: Samuel Eto'o Would Be Needless Addition for Blues

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2013

KHIMKI, RUSSIA - JULY 19: Samuel Eto'o of FC Anzhi Makhachkala looks on during the Russian Premier League match between FC Dinamo Moscow and FC Anzhi Makhachkala at the Arena Khimki Stadium on July 19, 2013 in Khimki, Russia.  (Photo by Epsilon/Getty Images)
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If you're going to add one player you don't need from Anzhi Makhachkala, you might as well buy two, I guess.

Willian was documented having his medical at Chelsea, per Bleacher Report Football's Twitter account:

The club also confirmed on their official site that a transfer fee and contract have both been agreed to and that the only thing standing in the way of the 25-year-old midfielder moving to Stamford Bridge is a work permit.

The Telegraph's Jason Burt reported Chelsea have also agreed to a £2 million deal to sign Samuel Eto'o as well.

Although the purchase of Eto'o is not as quizzical as that of Willian, you have to wonder exactly why Chelsea think the 32-year-old is a smart purchase.

When the Cameroonian forward was in his prime at Barcelona and Inter Milan, he was one of the best strikers in the world. He was an adept finisher and could make darting runs through the defence. Under Jose Mourinho at Inter, Eto'o also demonstrated a kind of self-sacrifice and willingness to play alongside another attack-minded player like Wesley Sneijder.

That was two seasons ago. At his age, Eto'o is nowhere near the player he was before he moved to Russia.

Chelsea's pursuit of Wayne Rooney makes sense because of the talent Rooney possesses. On his best day, there are few strikers who have the combination of goalscoring and creativity that the English star has. Rooney would be a major upgrade to Demba Ba and Fernando Torres and could partner well with Romelu Lukaku.

Eto'o, though, is not all that much better than what Chelsea have.

Lukaku was fantastic for West Brom last season, and he's only going to continue getting better with more time on the pitch. You wouldn't want Eto'o cutting into the Belgian's playing time.

When you consider Lukaku should be a fixture at the top of the attack, Chelsea need a mobile striker who can create scoring opportunities for his teammates. Eto'o can no longer provide that kind of option. Torres, for all of his faults, could do that better, as could Ba. They're both more mobile and capable of playing that second striker role.

Andre Schurrle is also capable of playing the position. Although he can play in a midfield role, with Willian's arrival, there seems to be no other place to play Schurrle but as a forward. He could fit that role as creator and distributor at the top of the attack.

There's also the issue of what kind of wages Eto'o would be on should he move to Chelsea. According to Andrew Dillon of The Sun, he's willing to take a pay cut in order to facilitate the move. What kind of pay cut is he talking about, though? If he's earning anything more than £100,000-£125,000 a week, that's way too much. His production on the pitch would not come close to equaling that kind of financial commitment.

Chelsea have done a great job of signing young players and jettisoning their older talent. It's helped keep the Blues competitive and allowed them to avoid having a bunch of overpaid veterans who are shadows of their former selves.

Why go back to that strategy to sign Eto'o?


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