The Express yesterday claimed that a sensational Didier Drogba return to Chelsea could be in the pipeline.
If Jose Mourinho is able to pull it off then it’s a deal which creates a huge number of benefits for the club, which could see it turn out to be the best deal that the Portuguese coach does this summer.
Drogba is someone who very much embodies the identity of Chelsea, despite the fact he no longer plays for the club.
He was widely criticised for the way he played throughout his time at Stamford Bridge in terms of his on the field antics but no one could argue against the fact he was a superb striker for the club.
The most obvious benefit Chelsea would enjoy would come in the form of his experience because he knows the Premier League and he knows football at the very top level in Europe.
That’s significant because Chelsea have a very young squad of players at the moment, who could benefit from having another experienced player in the squad helping them along through a tough season.
Drogba would also be vital in the development of the player who has been compared to him already, Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku is very similar to Drogba in both a playing sense and in the respect that he seems genuinely determined to succeed at Chelsea, showcasing that youthful energy and enthusiasm every single time he’s interviewed.
Needless to say Drogba would also provide Chelsea with valuable squad options heading into a season where they are expected to compete for the Premier League title and the Champions League.
Drogba provides something different to the way Chelsea played their football last season, a bit of a kick back to the first Mourinho era.
When the pass and move, possession based football doesn’t appear to be working, Chelsea can change things and push forward with a very big front line in the form of Drogba and Lukaku.
Allowing Drogba to work in his coaching badges while also playing for the club, would also benefit Chelsea in the respect that Drogba would also be able to improve the technique of younger players.
His knowledge and experience will always be reasons to turn to him, but if he can add something extra to the club from a coaching angle, then it just makes him an even more complete proposition in terms of bringing him back.
What do you think? What would be the biggest benefit of Drogba going back to Chelsea?
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