SHAFAQNA – The former Chelsea striker gave Everton an early lead with a brilliantly timed run and header in the fourth minute. Burnley’s Danny Ings hit back for the hosts before Romelu Lukaku swung the score in favour of the visitors and it was left to Eto’o to seal the win for Roberto Martinez’s side, curling a terrific shot from 25 yards five minutes from time.
Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher hailed the Cameroon forward’s classy performance and says the ex-Barcelona man is showing he’s still got it.
“Even before he got his second goal I would have said he was the man of the match,” Carragher said on Super Sunday.
“He’s a classy operator and it’s a fantastic goal. Ten years ago when he was playing under Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona he was possibly the best striker in Europe. He’s not that now, he wasn’t that for Chelsea that last season, but you can see he’s a clever footballer.
“In the past he’s relied on sharpness and pace, but his understanding of the game and reading of the game is there.
“He was very unfortunate to not get his hat-trick and he looks a great bit of business for Everton and Roberto Martinez.”
The win eases the pressure on Martinez, whose team have been struggling to imitate the form that saw them finish the 2013-14 season in fifth place. But Carragher insists despite this being only their third win of the campaign, the manager will be confident of another fine finish.
“I thought they were in total control from the first whistle,” he added. “They had a 10/15 minute spell when Burnley scored that you were thinking Burnley may go on and get a second, but they never looked in trouble and they deservedly got that third goal.
“The thing for Everton, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United also – the sides you’d think will be contesting for those top four places – they all haven’t started great.
“You’re looking at the table and the managers will be thinking, ‘ we haven’t started well this season’, but they’re still there.
“All those managers will still believe there’s more to come from the sides and they’ve still got a chance of being where they want to be at the end of the season even though none of them will be content with how the first couple of months have gone.”