After Didier Drogba's departure, Chelsea have found it hard to replace the talisman striker.

With Fernando Torres struggling to find any real form and Jose Mourinho sending arguably their best striker Romelu Lukaku on loan, the west-London side have had to rely on midfielders for their goal count for the season.

Eto'o played his part against a resilient Cardiff side, scoring one goal and assisting the other. Although replays suggest that Hazard's finish had taken a slight deflection off of the Cameroonian striker and was unlucky not to have added another to his name.

With Eto'o and Eden Hazard being the focal points of the Chelsea attacks, the pacey striker caused some controversy with the leveller as he stole the ball from Cardiff keeper David Marshall but missed the opportunity to score as he was bundled in the box only for Hazard to lash the ball in.

On the 66th minute Eto'o would take his chance with aplomb. The striker managed to evade a challenge and rifle a low shot to the goalkeeper's near post. The finish was something of class. It certainly reminded the Chelsea fans the ability that Eto'o possesses. Even if the striker's best years are behind him, Eto'o can take some of the pressure off Torres' shoulders throughout the campaign.

Whilst Eto'o had been wasteful in previous games, the Cameroonian played magnificently, linking up well with Hazard, Mata and Willian. Eto'o continuously threatened the Cardiff defenders with his direct play and decision making. If Eto'o can keep these performances up for Chelsea they will certainly have added another dimension to their game.

Having relied on midfielders heavily last season, The Blues will be looking to get their strikers in fine form to provide a different source for goals. Whether Chelsea will be able to win the league will depend on the performances of Eto'o, Ba and Torres. If Mourinho is able to get his star players performing, it will be difficult to imagine Chelsea not being title contenders for this season.

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