Chelsea’s new signing and Cameroon international Samuel Eto’o Fils has played his first two matches for the Blues, but is yet to find the net, though he has been impressive upfront.
His first match against Everton was the baptism of fire into the English Premier League or English football, and although he came close to scoring, he proved that he could make the difference, which obviously is going to come with time.
The Eto’o who is always fast, omnipresent and very anticipative was lacking, probably because he was still trying to adapt to the English style and probably play competitive football after a long period of lacklustre football in Russia.
However, for his full-time presence at Goodison Park, everyone could see the potential and his ability, and only hope that the goals he is used to scoring in their numbers should come quick.
Unfortunately, Everton under new manager, Roberto Martinez stole the day with Steven Naismith’s lone goal, and a 1- 0 win over Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea with Eto’o featuring in shirt no. 29.
Yesterday’s UEFA Champions League duel against FC Basel was in another level, and although it was another agonizing defeat for Chelsea at home, Stamford Bridge London, Eto’o was conspicuously instrumental.
The pace was still lacking, but his swift wing changing and the ability to anticipate movements as well as to cross the ball just when needed was glaring.
Time to swim or sink
The ideas to win the match were there, when Chelsea took the lead just at the stroke of half time through Oscar, however, the next 45 minutes was that of the visitors.
The few chances to seal a victory and the game, were squandered, and with team spirit lacking in the entire Chelsea side, the Swiss team that landed in London as the underdogs utilised the loopholes in the midfield as well as at the defence to humiliate Chelsea in front of their own crowd.
First it was Mohamed Salah that took the game into tie, igniting hope for the visitors to bag at least a point before Marco streller headed in the winner, a screamer from a poorly defended corner kick deep into Chelsea’s box.
The second defeat for Chelsea under the “special One” and for Eto’o, much is left to be done and to turn the tides before it strokes again at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho must be having sleepless nights trying to work out another winning formula for Chelsea and if he still wants to keep the confidence in Eto’o and to maintain him in the first team, the striker must live to his dream by delivering the goods.
The next target now is a London derby against local side Fulham, which must be a win for Mourinho and Eto’o for the painful past of the few days to be bottled.
As a reminder to Eto’o, English football is all about results and not style, and if he wants to play on, the results are needed or else, the reserve bench would soon be his place for the rest of the contract or season.