The latest news on Tottenham is a report that they are interested in signing the Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o who signed a one-year contract with Chelsea last August.
The Metro are suggesting that Tottenham are considering an offer to tempt Samuel Eto’o to White Hart Lane for next season. The Cameroon joined Chelsea a year ago in the aftermath of the crisis at Anzhi Makhachkala when all of the Russian club’s top players had to be sold. In 34 appearances for Chelsea he scored 12 goals in all competitions with 6 ‘assists’.
Prior to joining Anzhi, Eto’o had a distinguished career with some of Europe’s top clubs. Having started in the Real Madrid youth Academy in 1997, after making only 6 appearances in three seasons he moved to Mallorca and then Barcelona and Inter Milan. In 4 seasons at Barcelona he scored 129 goals in 200 appearances. While at Inter he played against Spurs in the Champions League. As well as winning domestic trophies in both Spain and Italy, he won the Champions League with both clubs.
In three games against Tottenham Eto’o has scored 5 goals. He scored twice in Inter’s win in the Champions League tie and was also on the score sheet in the return game. He also scored twice for Chelsea in the the 4-goal defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Eto’o would bring experience to the Tottenham front line and as well as his goals he has the ability to retain the ball and link with and create space and chances for those around him. On paper he seems an interesting choice but as he is 33 years of age he would be an unusual signing for Spurs and his salary demands could prove prohibitive. Such a signing would question where Emmanuel Adebayor would fit into the team and could suggest that Tottenham are considering moving the Togolese striker on now that they will be required to pay all of his salary.
Eto’o has had a fall-out with Jose Mourinho, taking exception to the Chelsea manager’s comments about his age. Eto’o, however, insists that age is not an issue for him. In the Daily Mail, he was quoted as saying,
At 33, I feel real good. I have proven that I could do better than youths.
I will continue to play in the Champions League. My romance with this competition is far from over.
While Tottenham are without a manager, any talk of possible transfers and negotiations is pure speculation as players are likely to be reluctant to sign until they know who will be in charge and on the club’s part it is a dangerous move to sign players who may not fit into the new manager’s vision for his team. Was that not one of the issues raised on the departure of Andre Villas-Boas?