Baines delighted with Eto’o impact at Everton

Leighton Baines has praised Samuel Eto’o for the way in which he has settled in to life at Everton, Sky Sports has reported, after the former Chelsea striker marked his debut with a goal against his old club.

Eto’o spent last season at Stamford Bridge and left at the end of the campaign when his contract wasn’t renewed, eventually signing a two-year deal with the Toffees in time for the visit of Jose Mourinho and co to Goodison Park.

The former Cameroon international scored with practically his first touch as an Everton player, heading home Baines’ free-kick, in a 6-3 defeat for Roberto Martinez’s side. Eto’o’s goal made the game 4-3 and Baines has said the forward’s contribution wasn’t a surprise after seeing him in training.

“From his first training session he looked sharp,” Baines said. “I know it sounds stupid but even the way he passes the ball is done properly. He moves in the right way.

“It sounds like small things but he just looks a good footballer and he can’t half finish as well,” he continued. “He’ll always have that goal-scoring instinct. His movement will always be good. We’ve seen bits of it so far in training and then against Chelsea that he can make an impact.”

Eto’o scored 12 goals in 34 games during his 12 months at Chelsea, and has also represented Real Madrid, Real Mallorca, Barcelona, Inter and Anzhi Makhachkala. His club career has taken in 609 appearances and 304 goals, as well as three Spanish titles and three Champions Leagues – two with Barca and one with Inter, the latter won when playing under Mourinho.

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