PHOTO: Eto'o unveiled at Everton, with bizarre squad number

Samuel Eto'o has signed for Everton following his release by Chelsea, but will wear an odd number for a striker.


Everton have brought in yet another former Chelsea striker this week in the form of Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto'o. The forward was a free agent after Chelsea decided not to renew his one-year deal at the end of last season - but Roberto Martinez decided to give the former Barcelona and Inter Milan star another chance.

And why not? They are getting their hands on a player who has scored over 300 goals in his 608 club career games, that is pretty much a goal every other game average since 1997.

The 33-year-old has signed a two-year deal keeping him at the club until he is 35-years-old and he has now been unveiled by the club to the press, where he got to show off his new shirt and squad number. Which is, a terrible choice.

If you are a football anorak who hates to see players wearing the 'wrong' shirt number, look away now...

Yes Eto'o is following in the footsteps of Milan Baros and Diego Forlan in being a striker wearing the number '5' shirt. When asked about his decision he simply stated:

"The received wisdom is that as you get older the numbers change. I could have used '22', which is the birthday of my future wife."

Instead he chose five, left vacant ever since Johnny Heitnga left the club. He could also have chosen 25, 28, 33 or even 12 and 13 ... but instead he went for a traditionally defensive number.

Annoying at first, no doubt, but if he does the job in his odd shirt number for Everton, we doubt any Evertonian will care if he wears number five or 55.

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