87 goals in 177 games Chelsea old-boy - Eto'o is 'on his last legs'

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has made it clear what he thinks of Samuel Eto'o's form this season.

The January transfer window is approaching fast and every team in the Premier League will be assessing their current squad and deciding whether it is time to bring in a few new faces to add cover in certain positions, strength in depth or become a vital cog from a stuttering machine.

For Chelsea it is the latter - and the vital cog is a striker.

Jose Mourinho failed in his bid to bring Wayne Rooney to the club in the summer and is paying the price for doing so as his strikers, Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Eto’o, have all toiled in front of goal.

Oh what they would do for somebody like Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink right now. The £15 million signing from Atletico Madrid in the year 2000 went on to bag 87 goals in 177 games for the club - ending his four year stay with a switch to Middlesbrough in July 2004.

But Jimmy is still certainly a cult hero at Stamford Bridge - with his strike partnership with Eidur Gudjohnsen proving the downfall of so many teams in the past.

And speaking to BBC Football Focus this weekend he made it clear the club needed a goalscoring striker - and then had some rather stinging words of criticism for their only striker acquisition in the summer.

Samuel Eto’o arrived from troubled Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala after the Rooney deal fell through - but he has scored just six goals in 23 appearances this campaign, and certainly seems a shower of the man who dominated Europe at Barcelona and Inter Milan.

Age appears to have caught up with the Cameroonian - and Hasselbaink agrees:

"Yes they signed Samuel Eto'o, but with all due respect to Eto'o he has been an absolutely magnificent footballer but he is not getting any better. He is on his last legs, he is getting older and he cannot play game in, game out. Yes he can come off the bench, but he cannot lead the line.”

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