Despite Samuel Eto’o’s relatively underwhelming season with Chelsea in 2013-14, he remains one of the greatest African footballers of all time – maybe even the greatest.
Eto’o has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe and has achieved success with them. Football followers all around the world will fondly remember his time at Barcelona, with whom he won La Liga three times and the Champions League twice.
The former Cameroon international striker won the Champions League with Inter again in 2010, before leaving for Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala in 2011.
One of the most hard-working and adaptable strikers, Eto’o has shown throughout his career that he is able to accommodate himself to any tactics and play with all types of players.
Played centrally during Frank Rijkaard’s era at Barcelona, he was shifted wide by Pepe Guardiola. At Inter, the 33-year-old featured across the frontline, and towards the end of one match he was even used at full-back by then-Nerazzurri coach Jose Mourinho.
Signed on a free transfer in the summer transfer window, Eto’o has made a promising start to life at Everton, scoring three goals in five Premier League appearances.
Eto’o’s form has taken the spotlight away from Romelu Lukaku a bit, but it is the Cameroonian who could transform the promising Belgian into a world-class striker.
Lukaku has been prolific over the past two seasons in the Premier League and has shown that he has bags of potential.
Yet, the 21-year-old’s performances for Belgium at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in the summer showed that he is not the finished article and needs to improve his game further.
And playing with Eto’o is going to help him do that. The former Real Madrid striker’s footballing intelligence is something that Lukaku can learn from. Eto’o is a hugely experienced footballer, and that is something that will also help Lukaku.
Eto’o may be past his best, but he retains his class and Lukaku needs to get some of that. A very promising striker, the Belgian needs to work with his teammate closely and watch movements carefully.
Learning from the best will help Lukaku become the best.