An inspirational performance against Burnley has edged Everton boss Roberto Martinez closer to awarding Samuel Eto'o with a contract extension at the end of the season.
Since signing from Premier League rivals Chelsea in the summer, the former Barcelona forward has made five appearances under Roberto Martinez, scoring three times.
One of those goals came on his Everton debut against who other than his former club, Chelsea, although his goal wasn't enough to prevent a 6-3 whipping from the league leaders.
The Cameroonian international then proved the star of the show at Turf Moor as his two spectacular goals edged the Toffee's onto just their third league victory of the season.
"He is so inspirational and holds that mentality that is essential for any player to have"
Formerly of Spanish giants Barcelona and Inter Milan, the 33-year-old has scored an extraordinary career total of 305 goals including those scored in international matches which is a highly commendable achievement.
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Aswell as having Romelu Lukaku at his services, Eto'o has breached his way into the Everton starting line-up sneakily .
The 33-year-old could have joined the Toffee's so dearly hated rivals Liverpool but talks between the two clubs broke down. That was when Roberto Martinez saw his opportunity to swoop, and his gamble paid off as his goalscoring form has evidently marched on confidently.
Consequently, the Spanish boss has been left with no other choice but to offer the veteran forward a contract extension which will see him last until the summer of 2016 at Goodison Park.
“I think it’s just natural he’ll get another year. The option for a second year is based on number of games played so it will come automatically,” he revealed.
“All I want is for him to enjoy his football and convey the incredible winning mentality he has to the rest of the team. But I always thought his period at Everton would be a minimum of two years, because the option reflects that.
“He could trigger the clause very soon, the way he’s playing. But the clause is not in my mind, his mind, he’s happy playing for Everton, enjoying his day to day work.”
"He is exactly what any football team needs. He is so inspirational and holds that mentality that is essential for any player to have."
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