John Obi Mikel is confident his new Chelsea teammate Samuel Eto’o will re-discover his form once he gets used to playing in the Premier League after spending the last few years with Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, the
Eto’o made his Chelsea debut against Everton on Saturday but suffered a frustrating time, passing up some presentable opportunities to open his account as Jose Mourinho’s side fell to a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park.
But Mikel was encouraged that Eto’o at least got into the right positions even if his finishing was found wanting, with the midfielder sure Eto’o will find the scoring touch once he is up to speed. “Samuel is a great player, a fantastic player. You could see the way he played, he created some fantastic chances,” Mikel said.
“That is why the manager brought him in. Obviously he has a lot of trust and belief in him. Let’s wait and see, the English league is very difficult to adapt to and this was the first game for him and he has done pretty well,” the Nigeria international added.
Mikel pointed to his own experience of moving to the Premier League as evidence of the time needed to adapt, claiming it took him the best part of a year to get used to English football. “Chelsea was my first real professional club and it took me six months to a year to adapt,” Mikel revealed, “But I think someone like Eto’o, who is well experienced and has played in so many leagues, won’t take very long.
Eto’o was denied the chance to tap a debut goal into an empty net following a mistake by goalkeeper Tim Howard when Everton midfielder Gareth Barry made a saving tackle, but the former Barcelona and Inter striker also put one shot into the upper tier of the Gwladys Street stand and wasted an early chance after a Ramires cross.
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