Eto'o vs Sturridge: Is the Cameroon international worth his wages to LFC?

Samuel Eto'o Cameroon

Liverpool are considering a move for Cameroon's Samuel Eto’o as the clubs looks to increase its forward options ahead of the new season.

After a season-long spell at Chelsea, during which he is believed to have earned £7 million, veteran striker Samuel Eto’o is now a free-agent.

However, this will not be the case for long, especially if recent reports are to be believed. According to The Mirror, the 33-year-old and his representatives have held talks with the Reds over a possible move to Anfield.

Having sold Luis Suárez to Barcelona for £75 million, Brendan Rodgers remains determined to add a striker to his squad before the summer window slams shut, and after seeing a proposed £8 million move for Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers collapse, he could well turn to the Eto’o, in spite of his substantial wage demands.

But is the three-time Champions League winner the right man for the job? Below, we let the statistics decide.

  TeamPosGoalsMins /GoalShots /AppShot Acc (%)Conv Rate (%)AppsMins
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 21 108.33 3.41 42.42 21.21 29 2,275
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea FW 9 145.11 2.81 44.07 15.25 21 1,306

Having finished the season as the Premier League's second highest scorer, there's little competition when it comes to comparing Sturridge's outright goal tally with Samuel Eto'o's efforts for Chelsea. The Cameroonian's nine strikes were no match for the 21 scored by the Liverpool number nine. 

Sturridge not only scored more regularly than Eto'o throughout the past season, he also recorded a greater number of attempts.The England International is set to become the main man at Anfield following Suarez’s departure, but he needs added support in attack. 

  TeamPosTotal Key PassGoal AssistMins / Key PassPass Acc (%)AppsMins
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 29 7 78.45 79.32 29 2,275
Samuel Eto'o Chelsea FW 22 2 59.36 76.07 21 1,306

In Brendan Rodgers' 4-2-3-1 system, or even his 4-3-3, there's only room for one out-and-out central forward, and Daniel Sturridge simply cannot be overlooked.

Whilst Eto'o proved his creative guile last term, fashioning 22 key passes and assisting two goals for the Blues, it's unlikely he'll offer much assistance if utilised in an alternative position. Does he still have the legs to play a wide role, at 33 years of age? It seems unlikely.

He is a good player, his career proves this, but he is far from the quality he once was.

Ultimately, he is not what is required to fill the void left by Suarez, and based on last season's goal scoring record, it's unlikely he'll cause Sturridge any loss of sleep.

If he arrives simply as a back-up option, which looks very likely, Rodgers simply can't justify spending £100,000-a-week on the veteran's wages. The club is in need of added depth in attack, but not at such high cost. 

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