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Out With the Old & In With the New

Internazionale’s recent loss of star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic is troubling.  The player was just named SATO Most Valuable Player and was the key component of Inter’s massive success in Serie A over the last few years.  Ib’s has had a fantastic Italian league career winning championships with multiple clubs (Inter, Juventus) and achieving the 2008/2009 Golden Boot Award and earning the award for Best Foreign Player in Italian football.  In other words, Serie A just lost one of the best players they have had in nearly a decade.  The good news is, though, that he was replaced by a fantastic player. 

Samuel Eto’o is no slouch either.  The guy is fully aware of this concept referred to as winning.  Take last year for example.  Eto’o was not only one of the highest goal scorers in La Liga, he helped lead the club to the extremely rare treble.  And just to top off the honor, Eto’o scored the go ahead goal in the first half of the Champions League final against Manchester United.  Not too bad of a season for a guy deemed trade worthy.   

Eto’o has been one of the most productive players in the world over the last five seasons.  When the player is at full health he is among the elite rank of goal scorers.  Eto’o, in his first two seasons for Barca, scored 25 and 26 goals respectively.  His next two years would be more of a challenge with a meniscus injury that would cost him the end of 2007 and beginning of the following year.  Eto’o dropped to 27 goals over the unfortunate two year span. 

But last year Eto’o reminded everyone of what he is capable of when he is at full health.  The key forward scored 30 goals and was a critical part of the club’s success.  He will look to do the same next season for Inter.