Ivorian international striker Didier Drogba has his place firmly written into the Chelsea history books after being named their greatest ever player. He is also Chelsea's fourth highest goalscorer of all time - the powerful striker netted 157 goals in all competitions during his eight year stint at Stamford Bridge, and won multiple trophies in the process.
Despite the best efforts of current strikers Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto’o, however, Chelsea have clearly struggled up front since Drogba's departure after winning the Champions League in 2012.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has bitten his tongue on a number of occasions when quizzed by the press on the lack of goal-threat upfront, and there's no denying that the Chelsea boss wants a fresh face – reportedly Diego Costa – to lead the line.
In an interview with GQ magazine, however, Drogba says that he believes Chelsea’s system has changed since his time, and that the current strikers at the club have done enough to warrant being given another chance.
'I really think that the players that are there now are the ones', Drogba said.
'Why ? Because when I was playing there the team was different. The strikers... maybe they don't score 35 goals, but they score very, very important goals.
'With Demba Ba came off the bench (against Paris St Germain in the Champions League) and hadn't played for many games ? He scored a goal. And Fernando, when Chelsea came to play here, nobody expected him to play and he delivers; he scores.”
'Big players, big strikers are there for big games and I think they've showed that many times. Samuel Eto'o has been scoring important goals for Chelsea too. I think it's a different system, a different time, a different Chelsea. It's a successful one as well', Drogba continued.
The current trio of Chelsea strikers, however, have a combined total of just 16 goals in 34 Premier League games this season. And Torres, in particular, has struggled to make an impact this year, with speculation that this could be his final season with the Blues.