The Case For Didier Drogba

On Sunday the legendary and probably Chelsea’s best player of all time will return to the Bridge.

However, as well as welcoming Zola back to Stamford Bridge I will also welcome the return of Didier Drogba from his three match ban. Anelka is in the form of his life and is very much top of the race for the golden boot with 13 goals, with second place being Robinho 5 goals behind.

You could argue the majority of Anelka’s goals seem to come away from home where we get more space and can hit teams on the break. While at home and in the big games Anelka goes missing for me especially when teams come to defend or get their tactics spot on. We often run out of ideas and end up kicking the ball long. Now with Anelka at front this is not going to work. Anelka’s best attribute is not his physical presence it’s staying on the last man using his pace to get in behind.

As many of you would probably agree we need a plan B.

Drogba over the years has probably won the game single handedly more than any over player. In 2005 the community shield against Arsenal,  Drogba was too much for the Arsenal defence especially Senderos,  scoring 2 goals. We went on to win 2-1. In the 2005-06 season, who could ever forget the 4-1 win at Anfield? Drogba played a part in every goal and was man of the match that game. Also another game against Liverpool this time a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge where Drogba scored a 25 yarder taking it on his chest then turning and hitting it with his left foot.

33 goals in the 2006-07 season making him the top scorer in the Premier League – the first player since Kerry Dixon to score 30 goals in a season for Chelsea. Another 2 goals against Arsenal in the league cup final and don’t tell me you have forgotten his winning goal against Man United in the FA Cup.  Didier defiantly performed for us in the big games and I could still go on about how many times he saved us in recent seasons.

This season he has yet to be fully fit and is just coming back from a three match ban. We do not need a new striker…. if Didier can keep fit he can give us that plan B we so desperately need. Chelsea needs to hold onto Didier if we don’t… we will be losing a very special player.


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