When Spurs were set to face Dnipro in last season’s Europe League, our former manager and current boss of the Eastern European side Juande Ramos was very candid about his time at White Hart Lane. Ramos was critical of Daniel Levy’s transfer policy and there was one player in particular who the Chairman was said to have overlooked.
‘The two strikers that I asked for were Samuel Eto’o and David Villa. But we were left with Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko,’ Ramos said as he looked to replace Dimitar Berbatov.
‘We started the league and we couldn’t beat anyone; we couldn’t score a goal under a rainbow and in the eighth week I’m gone.’
Almost six years have passed since Ramos’ departure since when, the Cameroon international Eto’o has averaged around a goal every other game at Inter Milan and then at Anzhi Makhachkala. However, he could not maintain that record at Chelsea and after some less than subtle criticism from manager Jose Mourinho, it’s thought that the striker has no chance of remaining at Stamford Bridge for the new campaign.
Eto’o is officially 33 but is it a case of six years too late as far as Spurs are concerned?