Samuel Eto'o revealed at the weekend how close he came to joining Arsenal back in 2000, and only 13 years later has the striker finally made his way into the Premier League.
Better late than never, as they say, but whether it was a debut worth waiting for is another matter.
The striker lined up as a lone frontman for Chelsea away at Everton, a game which the Toffees won thanks to a Steven Naismith goal just before half-time.
Eto'o had Andre Schurrle, Juan Mata, and Eden Hazard lining up behind him, and ended the match having more shots on goal than any other player on the pitch.
The 32-year-old had six attempts, with three on target, but scored none as his team went down 1-0.
Five of his shots were from inside the box, with his one effort from outside the penalty area wildly off target.
Perhaps more worrying was Eto'o's link-up play; he completed just 65 per cent of his passes, 17 of 26 in total, misplacing seven in the attacking third of the pitch.
He did though create one goalscoring opportunity for Ramires, and made one successful tackle, also winning one of the two aerial duels he contested - none of which being prolific exploits but indicate a player who worked hard to try and make an impression in a tough away encounter.
Eto'o passed the ball to Eden Hazard more than any other player, while it was Juan Mata and Andre Schurrle who played in the striker more times than the Belgian.
Those are the facts and figures, but what did Chelsea fans make of his performance? We took to Twitter to gauge opinion...
Eto'o got into some dangerous positions yesterday, just needs to sharpen up #CFC— L O U I E (@Littol_Lou) September 15, 2013
The positives: Eto'o at 32 looks better than Torres & Ba combined. He could've easily had a brace yesterday. And Rambo was fantastic. #CFC— Pete Woj (@petewojmusic) September 15, 2013
Hope Willian will take part at a point on wednesday night. Eto'o needs to work on his work rate on the pitch. This is premier league #cfc— AkoredeKameelAdebayo (@Akorebami) September 15, 2013
Debut in the EPL away at Goodison Park is a tough ask. Was a bold move to start Eto'o in my opinion. #CFC— David CFC (@db_bad) September 15, 2013
Eto'o had a good game, held position very well but did not get as many chances as I would wish for. #cfc— bluechronicles (@onedimateo) September 15, 2013
Eto'o is very good and he played really well, just couldn't finish but he needs time #cfc— Alex '89' Astarci (@Astarci) September 15, 2013
Even though we lost,we played very well.Eto'o seems to be a good buy.was a threat thru out.#cfc— tosh kym (@toshkym) September 15, 2013
felt Eto'o was impressive though he didnt score any #CFC— Oscar 11™ (@SanRMaadhwa) September 15, 2013
Eto'o will get goals. Maybe his pace is less but he showed enough #cfc— Steve (@chelseafc_steve) September 15, 2013
What did you think of Eto'o's debut?
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