Chelsea forward Samuel Eto'o has emerged as the number-one candidate to lead the line at Stamford Bridge following a weekend of mixed fortunes.
After nearly spurning his side the easiest of opportunities, the Cameroonian netted his maiden goal for the west London club against Cardiff City on Saturday – the first in the Premier League this season for any striker in Jose Mourinho's side.
Eto'o has proved his lethal finishing ability in a multitude of top European competitions and odds are he will follow suit in England now he has got himself off the mark.
In contrast, teammates Fernando Torres and Demba Ba are under increasing pressure to find the net themselves and the longer their dry spell continues, the heavier the weight on their shoulders becomes.
Although appearing the sharpest of peers, Torres has bagged just one strike this season in the Carling Cup against Swindon. Regardless of how dangerous he looks, his shyness in the league will continue to hinder his overall first-team prospects should he fail to turn the goalscoring tide.
Likewise, Ba has ceased to find the net in any competition for the Blues this season and remains stalled on two league goals since switching from Newcastle United in 2012.
Of course, Mourinho must continue to rotate his three frontmen in hope of extricating anything close to their best form – but for now Eto'o is clearly the safest bet to start the Blues' most crucial fixtures.
In addition to his recent showings, past pedigree further emphasises the Cameroonian's case with his current record standing at 245 senior goals in all club competitions.
Even at 32-years-old, there is clear evidence that the all-time top-scorer for Cameroon remains one of the deadliest strikers on the planet.
Eto'o bagged nine goals for ex-club Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League last campaign and although it's not quite the same standard as the Champions League, the star-studded cast of his current employers certainly found themselves tested a number of times on their way to lifting the title earlier this year.
Having hit the back of a Premier League net ahead of his more settled colleagues Torres and Ba, Samuel Eto'o deservedly looks like the striker to lead Chelsea forward for the time being.
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