Everton new boy shows Tottenham what they are missing

Samuel Eto'o Cameroon

While Roberto Soldado endured another night to forget, elsewhere in the Europa League ex-Tottenham target Samuel Eto’o was starring for Everton.

Thursday’s night’s two Europa League games involving Everton and Tottenham may have ended in identical 1-1 scorelines but the settings and overall performances witnessed in the two games could not have been more different.

While the Toffees were unlucky to leave Russia with only a point after equalising late on against Krasnodar, Besiktas’ own last-gasp leveller was the least the Turkish side deserved from their trip to White Hart Lane.

And while the Merseyside club can return to Premier League action on Sunday against Manchester United, pleased with their week’s work, Thursday night served up yet more painful reminders to the Tottenham faithful about what they missed out on.

As previously discussed, long-time target Demba Ba was never likely to disappoint on his return to London, with the Senegal international proving a handful throughout against Spurs and ultimately getting his just rewards with the late equalising penalty.

And in a unique twist, a similar story was playing out in Russia, with another player linked with a move to Tottenham, Samuel Eto’o finding the net for Everton late on.

In both instances, Spurs were seemingly priced out of moves for the forwards with transfer fees and wages deemed too exorbitant by those behind the scenes at the club.

But while Harry Kane offered up another largely encouraging display, the anonymous nature of Roberto Soldado’s showing should concern one and all.

Signed two summers ago for £29 million, the striker made two tackles, committed one foul and had 29 touches of the ball for Spurs against Besiktas, but he failed to register a single shot.

That was in stark contrast to Ba, who managed nine shots, won two dribbles, made two tackles and had 49 touches.

Eto’o, also playing away from home in hostile conditions, managed four shouts, won 100% of his aerial duels, made two tackles and had 51 touches of the ball.

Did Spurs make a fatal error in failing to sign Eto’o when they had the chance over the summer? Could it cost them a place in the Champions League? On current form, the answer could be yes.

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