Chelsea: Is Eto'o the solution to the Blues' attacking woes?

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On Thursday, Chelsea unveiled 32-year-old striker Samuel Eto'o Fils as their latest signing on a one-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Cameroonian international becomes the Blues' latest signing as Jose Mourinho apparently ends his search for a striker and expectations are high - is he the man to lead the Blues in attack?

And how well can the striker placate Chelsea supporters who still yearn to see a player who could reproduce the kind of performance churned out on regular basis by Ivorian striker Didier Drogba? 

Eto'o joined Russian club Anzhi  Makhachkala from Inter Milan in August 2011 after spending two highly eventful seasons at Inter where he scored 53 goals in 101 appearances for the Italian club and delivered 22 assists as well.

Before his stint at Inter Milan, Eto'o had featured for Barcelona where he attained legendary status as a goal poacher, notching in an amazing 129 goals in 201 appearances for Barca. 

The striker also previously turned out for Real Mallorca before his Barca days and recorded 69 goals in 165 appearances in all competitions for the Spanish side.

With this avalanche of evidence, there's no dispute about Eto'o being a prolific striker who sure can score goals.

However, at 32 years of age, it is doubtful if the four-time African Footballer of the Year can efficiently and consistently alleviate Jose Mourinho's attacking headaches.

The prolific striker, at that age, would definitely be experiencing a decline in his output on the field-of-play and would look to rely more on his experience than his strength or quick pace. 

Eto'o happens to be a player who previously relies heavily on his power and quick pace to unlock opponents' defense and bang in goals. The veteran forward's power and pace would certainly have reduced.

The big money move from Italian giants Inter Milan to relatively unknown Russian side Anzhi is yet another pointer to the fact that the player was interested in making some money for himself awaiting his gradual retirement from professional football.

His stats at the Russian club also show a gradual decline in the player's on-the-field display. The striker only managed 36 goals in 74 appearances for the Russian club over a period spanning beyond two full seasons.

With this signing, Chelsea may yet need to scout for another attacking option before the close of the transfer window as it is doubtful Samuel Eto'o is the solution to Chelsea's attacking problem.

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