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Colombia’s young version of ‘Dider Drogba’ could be perfect for Chelsea in the future

On-loan Espanyol striker Jhon Cordoba has been receiving raving reviews for his recent performances.

Jackson Martinez, Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca – the current Colombian striking generation is as good as any in World football – and Jhon Cordoba looks set to continue that tradition.

The 20-year-old Colombian is currently on a one-year loan deal at La Liga side Espanyol from Mexican side Queretaro.

The Spanish side have the option to bid for the Colombian U20 international for a reported fee of €3.5m at the end of season – an option which they will surely execute.

Cordoba joined Espanyol in September and initially found himself on the fringes of the first-team squad as he tried to adapt to the rigors of European football.

The Colombian scored his first goal in La Liga during a 2-1 defeat at home to Real Sociedad. Despite not being a regular during autumn and early winter, since the beginning of 2014 Cordoba has been involved in seven games – producing a memorable performance away at Valencia.

Dubbed by many as Colombia’s version of Didier Drogba due to his speed, strength and powerful shot – Cordoba lit up Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium on Saturday – stunning the hosts with a well taken goal and winning a penalty for the away side.

Spanish source Elgoldigital has already suggested that Jose Mourinho may well be taking a look at the player – headlining 'a new star is born in La Liga' - as the Portuguese manager admitted a few days ago that Chelsea lack a striker for the foreseeable future:

“All our three strikers, no-one is the future for 10 years, like we have in other positions,”

“Not one of them is the player for 10 years like (Eden) Hazard or like Willian or (Andre) Schurrle or all these guys.”

“Normally one of these three strikers would be replaced for somebody with this perspective of long term and this perspective of evolution.”

Should Jhon Cordoba carry on with his current progression in Spain’s top flight, it won’t be long until Europe’s leading clubs start sniffing around.

Could he be the future star that Jose Mourinho is looking for over the next 10 years – Why not?

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