Samuel Eto’o’s Premier League adventure is over.
Everton announced that the Cameroonian striker, 33, had agreed a deal to join Italian Serie A side Sampdoria on Tuesday, after just 20 appearances in which he scored four goals.
"We thank Samuel for his efforts and for bringing his know-how to the team and to Finch Farm where he passed on some of his terrific experience to all of the young players in particular,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said in a club statement.
The deal may actually be a decent bit of business for Everton. The Toffees signed Eto’o to a two-year contract on a free transfer after his contract with Chelsea expired, so even with a nominal transfer fee, the Merseyside club will stand to come out ahead on the deal.
Moreover, it’s not as if the team is losing a whole lot of production. Eto’o never quite fit in as seamlessly with Martinez’s tactical set up as was hoped, and as a result the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Steven Naismith, and Kevin Mirallas have been preferred up top.