Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo explains that they purchased Samuel Eto’o to assist in the development of Romelu Lukaka who they expect to lead the attack one day.
The rejection of two bids for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney made the purchase of Eto’o a necessity because of his experience says Emenalo.
"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," 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.
"We have every confidence in Torres, Ba and Lukaku but with Eto'o we have bought experience."
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