Arsenal Closely Monitoring “New Samuel Eto’o”.

Arsenal Closely Monitoring "New Samuel Eto'o" Clinton Njie

Arsenal Closely Monitoring “New Samuel Eto’o” Clinton Njie

Eight years ago in Paris, we were just 13 minutes away from being European Champions. The two incidents which were pivotal to the crash of that dream, the sending-off of Jens Lehmann and the equalizer before Belleti’s winner, were caused by one man – Samuel Eto’o Fils.

In present times, Eto’o is no longer the threat he used to be, now playing out his days from one blue club to another. His flesh is indeed at Goodison, but it is believed that his spirit is now animated in a certain young Cameroonian prodigy by name Clinton N’jie.

The 21-year-old starlet Lyon striker has attracted wide admiration for his keen eye for goal, thereby drawing comparisons with fellow Cameroonian and four-time African Player of the Year, Samuel Eto’o.

N’jie has already started living up to this heavy tag, at least on the National Team level, having scored 3 times in just two appearances for the Indomitable Lions, including two well-taken goals in the 2015 African Cup of Nations Qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire.

Though not yet an established regular in the Lyon first team this season, with 3 substitute appearances and 2 starting roles (per WhoScored), the young forward has put in a string of performances which have gained him great praise from many an observer.

N’jie began his career in Lyon, in 2010. The 2011 season with Lyon B saw him net 10 goals in 50 games prompting immediate promotion to the first team. He has continued to show steady progress ever since and now looks set to unleash all of the potential which has attracted the regular suitors. He has the pace and power of a real predator, and has started showing the potential of a future world star at a very young age.

With Wenger’s recent remarks about his regrets at missing out on Drogba, despite having known him all the way to his non-league Le Mans days, another star has come to the fore in his native France and knowing how widely connected Le Prof is, you sense if N’jie had been anywhere else before joining Lyon, Wenger will be among the select few who would know. The impediment of the African Cup of Nations could be in the way of Wenger’s interest in African players, a factor which may have influenced the decision not to sign Ivorian full back, Serge Aurier who had long been linked with a move to the club before the World Cup. Logical maybe, but totally incorrect as a review of the careers of Africans like Eto’o, Drogba and Yaya Toure wouldn’t make you remember there was a such competition in existence. The best of talents know how to handle responsibilities to suit the expected goals; this is the description with which young Clinton has been tagged.

So as to avoid the repeat of the hurt of that painful night in Paris, N’jie’s every move should become the subject of a concerted followership, and at the right time, the whistle will be blown.

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