Former Chelsea midfielder and coach Ray Wilkins says Didier Drogba wouldn’t risk ruining his reputation at the club if he returned and believes the Stamford Bridge legend can still make an impact in the Premier League.
Drogba left Chelsea in 2012 for Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua, after scoring 157 goals in 341 appearances since his 2004 arrival from Marseille, winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and the Champions League in the final game of his eight-season spell.
After moving on to Galatasaray in January last year before his contract expired this summer, he is now reportedly set to return to the Blues under former boss Jose Mourinho, and Wilkins believes that, at 36, the striker still has a lot to offer the squad.
"People do say never go back. Dider’s such a hero and a legend at Stamford Bridge but his technique is something very special, especially in and around the box," he said.
"His goalscoring record really speaks for itself, so if he can come back and give the younger players the luxury of his knowledge then Didier would be a very acquisition."
Netting 20 times in 53 games during his 18-month spell in the Turkish capital, Drogba was also on the losing end when his current side lost to Chelsea in the last 16 of last season’s Champions League.
With £35 million signing Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle, Fernando Torres and Romelu Lukaku all on their books, there wouldn’t appear to be much room in the current squad to accommodate the Ivorian international’s arrival, though the possible departure of either of the latter two names could free up potential minutes.
Said to be signing a one-year deal, Drogba is clearly no longer the dominant force who once terrorised Premier League defenders but, judging by his recent performances at the World Cup, he still has something to offer.
If he can contribute in a bit-part role, as Chelsea look to compete on all fronts, then his influence could just prove enough to help the strengthened squad improve upon last campaign’s third-place finish, along with fellow additions Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis.