Chief reveals why Chelsea signed this forward
Despite Wayne Rooney of Manchester United being Jose Mourinho’s chief target, Emenalo believes that the man who signed from Anzhi Makhachkala will add the same experience and pedigree as the England international.
After the Cameroon interntional penned a one year deal, Romelu Lukaku was shipped out on loan to Everton. This leaves Chelsea with Andre Schurrle, Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and forgotten man Demba Ba up front.
Some would question the decision to send Lukaku back out on loan after the 20-year-old’s success with West Brom last season but, as Emenalo says, the club do not want the Belgian to fell pressured, as he told the club’s official website:
“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.
“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.”
However, in these three games, the Blues have seen defenders and midfielders propel the side to a win so Jose Mourinho needs to get his strikers firing.