It may not be a big money signing Everton have made in acquiring veteran Samuel Eto’o, but on a free transfer, it is a shrewd piece of business by Everton boss Roberto Martinez. Eto’o, at 33 years of age, is a very experienced player and he ticks many of the right boxes in terms of what Everton really need right now.
Last season, Romelu Lukaku was Everton’s top scorer in the Premier League with 15 goals, but he was only backed up by Kevin Mirallas with eight goals and then Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman who chipped in with six each. And as the Toffees continue to pursue a top four placing in the Premier League this season, Eto’o will bring additional goals to the team if he plays the sufficient minutes. The striker could be invaluable in helping Lukaku too, by relieving some of the pressure off of the Belgian’s shoulders to always be the go-to-guy when the team needs a goal.
Everton are also still searching for their first major trophy since winning the FA Cup way back in 1995. Martinez actually brought the very same trophy to Wigan Athletic just over a year ago in what transpired to be his final season at the club before exiting to join Everton. The Spaniard is obviously now hoping to bring a trophy or two to Everton instead, and a player with the experience of Eto’o can only help in that quest.
There are not many players within the current Everton team who have been successful at winning trophies before, but in Eto’o the club now has a player who has won everything there is to win, both in Spain and Italy, and who himself is now in search of his first major trophy in England.
He has huge experience from being at some big clubs like Barcelona and Inter Milan and of winning every trophy available from league titles and domestic cups right up to the Champions League, which Eto’o has won on three occasions. Everton are not even in the Champions League, of course, but in the competitions that they are in, Eto’o will be a valuable asset when it comes to experience in the locker room and goals on the field.