The 32-year-old was surprised by the aggressive nature of English football…
Chelsea’s summer signing Samuel Eto’o has admitted to being taken off guard by the physical nature of the Premier League, but claims he is slowly getting used to it, the Mirror reports.
The 32-year-old Cameroonian striker arrived at Stamford Bridge this summer to reunite with Jose Mourinho, who he worked with during a short but successful stint at Inter Milan. Eto’o then moved to Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala to become the world’s most highly paid player, before his move back to a top league this summer.
The striker though has so far struggled to adapt, and has yet to score for his new side.
“Already I have noticed that English football is very physical – more physical than other types of football,” he told Chelsea Magazine.
“It hasn’t been too much time yet, so I need to continue working to make sure I keep improving my level.”
Even though Fernando Torres is injured, and Romelu Lukaku has been bizarrely shipped out on loan to Everton, Demba Ba started ahead of Eto’o in Chelsea’s last Premier League match against Norwich, and did enough to be selected when the Blues next play after the international break.
Eto’o though, believes he is slowly but surely coming to terms with the rough and tumble nature of English football.
“Every game here is important and I realise that – I have come here to enjoy playing for Chelsea and to enjoy the football,” he continued.
“I go into every game with the same approach. It doesn’t matter where you put me, I will play football.
“My team-mates are helping me a lot and also the coaches, so I feel that I am settling into the team.”