Nightmares are over, rumour mill grounded, as Cameroon’s international Samuel Eto’o Fils has ultimately secured an edgy, eleventh-hour deal to join another Liverpool team, Everton FC.
Although the striker would have been a classic choice for Liverpool FC, the Anfield side instead preferred to go for Italia’s hothead, show boy Mario Balotelli.
With the chance to play UEFA Champions league football snatched, dashing the hope of Eto’o, he had no choice but to settle for anything on the table before the transfer window shuts on 1 September.
If half bread is better than nothing, Eto’o almost miss out completely, either because he was asking for too much or expecting too much.
Unfortunately for him his price tag as “A star of the past” has faded or has lost its sparkle to better buyers.
With a murky World Cup in Brazil, where he barely played a match before limping off, and then left Chelsea and boss-friend Jose Mourinho, over a silly comment on his age, Eto’o absolutely was going to struggle finding a place to post his luxurious luggage.
Instead of concealing his pride to secure his job and negotiate another season at Chelsea, Eto’o surely, raised his shoulders and refused to pardon Mourinho, expecting an apology from him.
Seldom, do we have a beggar receiving an apology from a donor, and the consequence is that the beggar has to take what is offered or proposed or way walk away with pride and languish later.
Eto’o walked away as a free agent hoping to find another big club, but as the wait and drama only ended with the signing of his hasty two-year contract with Everton, he was at the verge of hanging around with no club.
Martinez, the man for Eto’o
Everton narrowly missed a place in the UEFA Champions league, but has one of the best seasons ever under new manager, Roberto Martinez, just 41.
The move to Everton might come as a surprise to many fans, but looking at the anxiety the team has shown, especially in encounters with Chelsea and Manchester United, and local rival, Liverpool, Eto’o would quickly fit in at Goodison Park.
Raising to fame as one of the highly sought after young managers in the Premier League and even Europe Roberto Martinez, has a good mastering of the game and knows how to get the results from players.
Young and dynamic, the Spanish coach would expect Eto’o who also speaks Spanish more than English to unleash his arsenal of talents at the higher level and help Everton move to the top four by the end of the season.
Although, the 33-year-old’s report card with Chelsea in his debut year in the English is not bad, taking off the pressure of trying to impress and make history in the Champions League, Eto’o would want to play every game and make an impact.
In his 34 appearances for Chelsea, Eto’o scored 12 goals as the London club finished third behind Manchester City, the League winners and Liverpool the unlucky runners-up.
It took time to settle at Stamford Bridge and to find the net, but with the Midland teams always in the top flights, he would want to prove that age is a figure with immediate results.