Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo believes Samuel Eto’o will bring the experience the club looked for in Wayne Rooney, according to Sky Sports.
Chelsea failed in their attempt to bring Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney to the club despite offering as much as £40 million for the England star.
Jose Mourinho was able to bring in 32-year-old Samuel Eto’o, a player that he has worked with in the past at Inter Milan, from Anzhi Makhackala on a one-year-deal.
Following the signing of Eto’o, Chelsea allowed Belgian starlet Romelu Lukaku to leave the club for Everton on a season-long loan deal in an attempt to avoid piling too much pressure on the 20-year-old.
"In the case of Samuel Eto’o, it was an open secret that we wanted Wayne Rooney and I don’t need to explain what the idea is behind wanting a player like Rooney," technical director Emenalo told Chelsea’s official website.
"But we are not desperate and we know for the future we have Romelu Lukaku and incredible hope that he will come through and lead the line. People keep forgetting that he is only 20, and looking at the short-term plan, we don't want to put too much pressure on a young player like him.
"So if we weren't able to get Rooney and we had Lukaku, Ba and Torres, we felt comfortable with them but we also felt comfortable to bring Eto'o to give us a little bit of competition, because we wanted to freshen up that position."
Chelsea have had a strong start to the season managing two wins and a draw from their opening three games.
Despite this, the team has struggled to get goals from their strikers which is why they have moved for Eto’o who is a proven goalscorer.
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