Didier Drogba, one of the most productive strikers in Chelsea history, is on the verge of returning to Stamford Bridge on a one-year deal.
Drogba, who had been playing for Galatasaray in Turkey, scored 157 goals for Chelsea in his eight-year run with the club as the Blues captured many titles with him leading the way. Drogba and Chelsea won three English Premier League titles, four FA Cup‘s and one improbable UEFA Champions League title in his last season with the club.
After manager Jose Mourinho lost stalwarts Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, his re-acquisition of Drogba will undoubtedly add some stability and wisdom in the locker room for the newer and younger players. An accomplished player like Drogba could also serve as a good mentor for Romelu Lukaku if he stays with the team this season. Lukaku was loaned out to Everton last season and performed brilliantly and he is almost a physical clone of Drogba.
The actual impact Drogba will have on the field will probably be very minimal. He is no longer the player he once was, but having extra depth at the striker position is something Chelsea might need considering their finishing woes last season. Drogba did manage to score 14 goals in 36 appearances for Galatasaray last year so maybe we shouldn’t count out the Ivorian just yet.
While his contributions may be minimal in his final season, Drogba is still a club legend who helped Chelsea win their first ever Champions League title in 2011-12. If he does indeed score at Stamford Bridge this season, and I suspect he will, you can bet that there will be a roaring applause for Drogba, not only for the moment in the present, but the cherished memories of the past as well.