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Samuel Eto'o: Mourinho's striking solution?

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Forced out: Anzhi's owner has triggered an intense exodus in Russia (©GettyImages)
Forced out: Anzhi's owner has triggered an intense exodus in Russia (©GettyImages).

As the amount of days Chelsea have to reinforce their strike force decreases, the pressure on the scouting staff to recruit a stellar name to lead the line grows and grows.

The west London outfit's struggles with their front-men have been much publicised, with their current crop either not experienced enough at Chelsea's level, or not succeeding in providing consistent form throughout the season.

On Monday night, Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, opted to field Andre Schurrle in the number nine role in the Blues' 4-2-3-1 system against champions Manchester United. However, the Germany international often was found isolated and out-muscled in the presence of arguably two of the best centre-halfs of the last decade - Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.

The summer signing's work-rate was admirable; running through the channels to create gaps in a water-tight defence but, evidently, Schurrle was not ready to be deployed in that role so early in his career in English football.

The Special One's decision showed the difficulties he is facing in his selection dilemma of who to start up-top, with Lukaku possibly too raw, Demba Ba ineffective against Villa, and Fernando Torres still struggling for form as he approaches the twilight of his career.

Earlier this month Anzhi Makhachkala president, Suleyman Kerimov, watched his side perform poorly in the start to their Russian campaign. Consequently, the billionaire triggered a huge shake-up of the playing squad, transfer policy, and manager.

As a result, stars such as Willian - who Chelsea acted quickly to snap up, announcing his signing on Sunday - have been given the license to go search for a career elsewhere. Among the stars that have been linked with a move away from Russia, is 31-year-old Mourinho favourite, Samuel Eto'o. The former Barcelona man played under Mourinho during their fruitful spell at Inter Milan, winning the coveted treble in a storming season for the Italian giants. 

Mourinho frequently used Eto'o in a wide position, with the striker cutting inside to create and score goalscoring opportunities, but also being defensively disciplined.

As the years have caught up on the veteran striker, it seems more likely that if he were to arrive at Stamford Bridge, he would be used in a more central role to lead the line using strength and experience.

The former four times African Player of the Year would reportedly cost Chelsea £5million - a mouth-watering bargain at first sight, however, the wage demands of the hit-man seem to be the major negotiating point in the deal.

Eto'o would massively benefit from poaching off the assists from technical players such as Eden Hazard and Juan Mata, but also provide experience and guidance to younger strikers like Romelu Lukaku.

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