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Saturday August 31, 2013 MYT 7:30:00 AM
Friday August 30, 2013 MYT 5:36:53 PM
by kng zheng guan
Samuel Eto'o (left) and charismatic manager Jose Mourinho in 2009 when they were both at Inter Milan. The duo are now reunited at Chelsea, after Eto'o took a paycut to move there from Anzhi Makhachkala. - AFP Photo
AS THE summer transfer window closes, the main talking point as usual has been “who else are the big teams buying”.
As far as I’m concerned, Chelsea have done extremely well in the market.
A free transfer for Samuel Eto’o can only be seen as marvellous business.
The Cameroonian striker, at 32, may not have his best days ahead of him, but he has proven pedigree as a top poacher in the box and is just what we need at the moment.
Furthermore, he’s eager to join the club, has a good record working under Jose Mourinho whilst at Inter Milan and has taken a massive paycut to make the move from Anzhi Makhachkala.
Anyway, it’s just a one year deal, and even if he flops ... there shouldn’t be much trouble casting him out.
Plus, having a proper top striker like Eto’o at Stamford Bridge can only prove beneficial for the young Romelu Lukaku.
Linking Eto’o with some of the best young creative midfielders in the world will only bring out the best in him and he’s a guaranteed 15-goal-a-season striker.
What’s not to like about this deal?
If anything, it only means that Demba Ba’s short stay at the club is almost certain to come to an end.
We have limited space for non-European players on the roster and Eto’o’s arrival means Ba will definitely lose his place in the squad ... especially since we’ve also picked up Willian from Anzhi.
Speaking of Willian, it may seem strange that Chelsea are overstocked with attacking midfielders but it makes sense to have more quality players for a proper squad rotation.
That means guys like Oscar (who played more than 70 matches last season) and Eden Hazard will be given more time to rest and recharge.
It definitely means Juan Mata isn’t leaving ... as Mourinho has repeatedly said, and the one expected to leave is Victor Moses.
Transfers aside, Chelsea have no EPL match this weekend with the Super Cup clash against Bayern Munich on Saturday morning (Malaysian time) occupying their time.
It’s a crunch match as Mourinho will have a score to settle with Pep Guardiola while Bayern will want to erase their 2012 Champions League final defeat to the Blues.
Whatever happens, it still means that the Blues will temporarily lead the EPL standings ... at least until Liverpool or Spurs or Man United play their matches.
Hopefully though, by the end of this weekend, we’re still top of the table with an extra silverware to add to the trophy cabinet.
Keep The Blue Flag Flying High.
Kng Zheng Guan couldn’t have chosen a better Champions League draw for Chelsea. Time to make up for last year’s failure.
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football, Chelsea, Boy in Blue, Kng Zheng Guan, Jose Mourinho, Samuel Eto'o, Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba
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