Eto'o Capture Thrills Martinez
Boss says new recruit adds a 'real threat' to Blues' forward line.
Roberto Martinez expects Samuel Eto’o to make crucial contributions for Everton both on the pitch and off it during the Cameroon international’s time at Goodison Park.
Eto’o arrives on Merseyside on a two-year contract, having scored over 350 goals at domestic and international level in a glory-laden career.
Domestically, Eto’o has won 15 major honours in Spain and Italy, plus two African Cup of Nations successes at the outset of his career.
Particular highlights at club level include Champions League triumphs with Barcelona in 2006 and 2009 when he scored in the respective final victories over Arsenal and Manchester United.
But as well as his remarkable career strike rate of nearly one-in-two, Martinez says 33-year-old Eto’o can act as a role model and offer support to the younger players at the club, such as fellow frontman Romelu Lukaku.
“I’m very much excited because he is a perfect fit for what we have in the dressing room,” Martinez beamed after it was confirmed Eto’o had signed for Everton.
“If there is anything you can use from Samuel Eto’o, it’s his appreciation of space and knowing how to move in the 18-yard box, create space and be a real threat in the final third. That’s something we can use straight away.
“From Champions League finals, to being a reference in his national team where he won Olympic Gold, to playing in World Cups – everything in football, he has been through.
“He wants to still learn and push himself and for the players around him, he is going to be a really good example. He feels ready to do that – he is at an age and moment of his career where he is ready to pass messages on.
“But he is still as hungry as ever to reach good individual targets and do whatever he can for the team.”
Eto’o registered 12 goals in all competitions for Chelsea last season – including a hat-trick against Manchester United - and Martinez is overjoyed to have recruited another striker that is familiar with the top level of English football.
The Goodison chief continued: “I know for a fact that our football club is the perfect environment to show what he showed last season, where he scored nine goals in the Premier League when he had never played in the league before. That is quite impressive.”