Samuel Eto'o - Chelsea's man for the big occasion?

Scoring eight goals may not seem that much for a striker, but the importance of those goals should not be overlooked.

Samuel Eto’o may well be becoming one of the best signings this season. For all the talk that Chelsea do not have enough cutting edge in the final-third, the Cameroon international certainly has a habit of popping up in important games for the Blues.

With Fernando Torres seemingly back on the scoring trail, it was a bit of a brave move from Jose Mourinho to use the Spaniard from the bench in yesterday's 3-1 win over Manchester United after he had scored in his last two Premier League games.

But the experienced Eto’o has scored a crucial winner against Liverpool, and now the hat-trick against Manchester United, both games that will have surely been earmarked earlier on in the season as matches that could prove difficult to get all three points from.

And with Torres coming off the bench to stretch his legs against tired defences – despite all the criticism that Chelsea have had over their strikers not being prolific enough in front of goal or inconsistent, Mourinho seems to have found the ideal combination for his strikers against seemingly more prolific opponents.

There is also his crucial intervention against Cardiff City earlier on in the season, when it looked like it could be a bit of a struggle, Eto’o's first strike for the club put their noses in front and they managed to go on and win the game from there.

Given his pedigree and experience in big games, it really should not be surprising, and for all the points his goals earn - points that could ultimately end up delivering Chelsea the title - that free transfer is looking more and more like one of the best signings made this season.

image: © Jason Bagley

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