There has been a lot of rumours surrounding a potential return to Stamford Bridge for Didier Drogba and there looks to be some substance in the claims that Chelsea have offered their former hero a contract. It was only just over two years ago, when Drogba slotted home the winning penalty to finally bring the Champions League to Stamford Bridge, but it now looks like the striker could return. That did seem to be the perfect ending for a player who became one of the world’s best strikers while at the club, so it would be intriguing if he chose to return and potentially sour his reputation.
It is suggested that he could be joining the club as a player/coach, which would suggest he may not play the biggest role on the pitch this season, but Drogba always offers quality in the big matches. It would not be surprising to see him lining up in big Premier League matches as he has shown in the past that he comes alive against the big sides in the league. Also Chelsea have had problems with the front line for a number of seasons, ever since Drogba left, with Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o all failing to become the twenty goal a season striker that every big team needs. They have tried to remedy that with the signing of Diego Costa, but he is unproven in England and may need some time to settle, which is why Drogba on a short term deal could be exactly what Chelsea need.
Drogba scored 100 league goals in 226 games, which is a very good record, especially considering the skepticism which surrounded his arrival for £24m. Interestingly he only broke the 15 goal barrier twice as a Chelsea player in the league, however both times (2006/7 and 2009/10) he scored twenty goals or more. His most prolific was the latter, in which he scored 29 goals in the league. Although the Ivorian never consistently scored 15+ goals, he was always prolific in the important matches and squad rotation and injuries meant he never got the opportunity to be a consistent goalscorer for Chelsea.
Another aspect that will benefit Chelsea is his undoubted experience when it comes to winning trophies. After losing Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole this summer, they will want some more leadership in the squad and the Ivorian would provide that. He would also be a brilliant influence on some of the younger players, especially Romulu Lukaku if he stays at the club as he has always been a great professional.
Jose Mourinho has already added quality to his squad in the signings of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis, but the signing of Drogba would be a shrewd one. He brings quality and experience. Mourinho will know that he can be relied upon in the big matches. He won’t be able to play every week, but he won’t be expected to as Costa will no doubt be the main forward. The Ivorian would provide another option and his status as a legend at the club will no doubt mean that the fans would back the signing. Furthermore, bringing him onto the coaching staff this early could be beneficial in the long term, if they want to keep the Ivorian long.