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Eto'o can give Everton fear factor

28/08/2014  Comments (7)  jump
Samuel Eto'o will give Everton an unpredictable "fear factor" according to Roberto Martinez.

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Ant Dwyer
1 Posted 28/08/2014 at 01:32:54
IÂ’m not too sure about EtoÂ’o adding the fear factor in the EPL but I think this is a really astute signing for the Europa League and I do feel EtoÂ’o will strike fear into some of our European opponents.

I think EtoÂ’o and Rom will be a feared partnership if used together in the Prem too. People have short memories of what this man can do, include bagging a hat-trick last season v Man Utd. Whether or not Roberto will play them together is another matter, hence IÂ’m saying EtoÂ’o will be a great signing for the Europa League.

Derek Knox
2 Posted 28/08/2014 at 08:01:26
Ant (#1),

I don't quite agree with most people's concept that, that he can only be used sparingly and even then, not for 90 minutes.

We are talking about a World Class player who has kept himself fit and sailed through his medical, has enjoyed a serious-injury free career. So where does all this cotton wool treatment come from?

He's 33 years old, okay no spring chicken I admit, but it's not approaching 40. I think his signing will be a fantastic coup on all fronts, commercially, experience for younger players to learn from, a boost for all senior squad members, and above all his predatory instincts will yield goals. His history is consistent wherever he has been.

Carl Sanderson
3 Posted 28/08/2014 at 08:54:01
Ant 1:

I don't see them being a strike partnership. It'll be Lukaku up front and Eto'o wide, or vice versa.

Jimmy-Ã…ge Sørheim
4 Posted 28/08/2014 at 11:30:49
I think EtoÂ’o will add to our goal tally and that is all that matters if we are to get CL this season.

However to get in among the 4th best we simply have no choice but to win the Chelsea game.

Given how low on stamina we look during second halves, I fear the worst though.

We will need both Lukaku and EtoÂ’o to beat Chelsea.

Ant Dwyer
7 Posted 29/08/2014 at 01:36:43
Fair point, Derek, I do agree. Sammy can surely play 90-minute games but IÂ’m not entirely sure he can do it twice a week playing in the Europa League and the Premier League. As I say, I do agree, he still looks for enough though.

Carl (#3), I agree with what you are saying too about having one up top and another out wide but IÂ’d like to think that, at home to the lesser teams, we may be able to go for the kill with both lads up top and Mirallas plus another wide player supplying them with chances. With only one of them upfront (especially whilst Ross is out), I feel we would be slightly negative to only play one of them up top with two holding midfielders sitting in.

Anyways, just a thought! IÂ’m sure more striking options can only be a positive as goals lead to prizes etc. COYB.

Jim Lloyd
8 Posted 29/08/2014 at 16:04:52
A good signing. A world class player and I'm sure a lot of our young players will benefit from what he can teach them.

I'm not so sure that we will have to use him sparingly. We never say that about Sylvan and he's older. I feel certain that Robbie is happy with a squad that he will feel comfortable using to their best effect.

Some dickhead Chesea supporter was laughingly referring to the "Old man" routine now coming true, seeing we've got him. Yet they've just got an older player in! Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto'o are great players.

I'm just chuffed we've got the greater one!

Dan Murphy
9 Posted 29/08/2014 at 21:23:53
Eto’o is an inspired acquisition. For me he will simply eat up all those chances that we create but fail to convert, and think about it, we do do that in every game.

He’s such a versatile forward, I’ve no need to get into a discussion surrounding his level of ability. The mans record is quite capable of speaking for itself. He WILL create goals and he WILL score them for Everton this season.

When I picture how we now play, he is going to compliment our counter attacking play as well as our "possession building pressure" approach that can sometimes (often actually) fizzle out in the final third of the field. We at times, and regularly against lesser opposition who come to just sit back behind the ball (last year for instance - crystal palace, Hull, Norwich, Stoke, West Brom etc) fully command the game only to fail to penetrate, break the line 18 yards out, through on goal, 1-0! Eto’o! I’m telling ya, this fella’s gonna be the difference this season. I’m not saying he’s gonna score 28 goals, but the mans a fiend, and a self assured one at that! He doesn’t need anyone to help him with his confidence, never gonna doubt his own ability to be able to notch against any team he gets the opportunity to play against. He’s scored many many stunning goals against every single one of what we all would consider, the teams from the worlds footballing elite. He will pick the locks we failed to pick so many times in those games that end in draws or stupid possession filled defeats, the games that at the end of the season put us in 5th place and not in 4th.

Eto’o messed up going to Play in Russia for the money, and although wouldn’t admit, he probably f@cking hates Jose for the way he treated him. This is a man who isn’t finished with football, he probably views this last chance with Everton as his way of ending such a glorious career in the right way, in the hope that world football doesn’t remember him as that gifted player who wound up in Russia, or the great Samuel Eto’o who ended up getting dissed by Mourinho in public. He’s a man on a mission to sign off in style, thank you god he’s signing off with the Toffees! Quite frankly how we’ve signed him at all completely stuns me. For that we’ve our very own gifted one to thank I think. Martinez has catapulted us into the next level.

We all know what this Everton side can do against the big clubs and how we play when we click, these days we really can hit as hard as anyone, harder in fact, but, and I go back to my earlier point, it’s those other games we should win, or at least expect to win but don’t. Well that’s where Sam’s gonna become an Everton legend in the final part of his illustrious career, creating and scoring the goals that could see him next season having one final fling with the champions league with an Everton side long overdue a run out against against Europe’s elite. I know that all sounds fanciful, and it reads like a bloke who’s got carried away with himself, but you know what, I don’t care. When I’m right I’m right, it’s not that often I am right but this is one if those times! Eto’o is the link, just watch!


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