What Makes Samuel Eto’o One of the Best Players in the World?
Thierry Henry is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer and is arguably still one of the best strikers in the world at the moment.
However, it has become apparent that the 32-year-old Frenchman needs a rest. In order for Barcelona to cope without him for an extended period of time, they’ve been looking at signing several high-caliber players, and one of the finest stars in Europe today, is Spanish right-back, Samuel Eto’o. Below we take a look at Eto’o and assess whether he would be a good signing for Barcelona.
Striker Samuel Eto’o
First and foremost, Eto’o is a right-back, and that is a role that Barcelona rarely has in their ranks, despite often using a number of attacking players in that position. However, having played just 45 minutes of football this season, Thierry Henry has already expressed his desire to play right wing in central defense and received a warm welcome from his new teammates at the Estadio Barcelona.
Having played in the right side for most of his life, and also as a central defender for Sporting Lisbon, it would surely be a dream come true for the striker to play right-back for Barcelona. Furthermore, having played a wide attacking role for much of his career, it is now time to show the world what he really is.
Playing as a right forward has proven very beneficial to many other players, but what makes Eto’o unique is his ability to play football from either left or right-wing, as well as providing excellent crossing abilities.
Samuel Eto’o One of the Best Player
Another important characteristic of Samuel Eto’o, which has allowed him to be one of the best players in Spain and even among the best players in the world, is his ability to play football with ease and fluidity. Although he does most of his football in the middle, the Cameroonian sometimes operates on the left side of the field, operating as one of Barcelona’s playmaking players. Although sometimes a right forward, Eto’o can operate as a left midfielder and can also find great success playing on the right of center forwards, as well as providing an attacking presence in the left side of the field.
If Barcelona can pair Samuel Eto’o with either of the best-attacking players in the team (Messi or Cavani), then they have one of the most complete attacking teams in the world.