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Will the return of Drogba help or hinder Chelsea’s young strikers?

Didier Drogba's return to Stamford Bridge has inevitably been met with joy by Chelsea fans the world over.

The Ivorian spent eight fantastic years at the club until he left following the Blues Champions League win in 2012. During that time Drogba netted a massive 157 goals in 341 games and terrorised defences all over the country and continent.

But there are pros and cons to his second coming, with it set to both get in the way of the Blues' young attacking talent, and also be an opportunity to inspire them.

With it looking increasingly likely that Romelu Lukaku is not in Jose Mourinho's plans, as well as the fact starlet Patrick Bamford may now be struggle to get any playing time whatsoever in the coming season, was bringing Drobga back good for the future of Chelsea?

Mourinho has this week been discussing how he feels his former player is "still one of the best strikers in Europe, still adapted to the Premier League and belongs to Chelsea."

How could he then use such a player sparingly, if he is still so capable of impacting games? Indeed, should Diego Costa have any problems settling into the Premier League, Drogba may even find himself first choice if he can retain his fitness,

The advantages of having one of the legendary centre forwards of the Premier League in training and available for matches is clear for all to see. Should they remain at the club this season, both Bamford and Lukaku will be able to learn from one of the very best on how to bully defences and how to quickly utilise that aggression into raw goalscoring ability.

With it also possible Drogba could join Mourinho's coaching staff after his one-year playing contract finishes, where else could the 36-year-old be but back in West London?

That Lukaku could be released despite possessing many of the attributes of the former Marseille man, not to mention the fact he has successively starred at smaller Premier League clubs over the last two seasons, would surely be a huge mistake by Mourinho. Very few others have impressed in the same way the young Belgian has at the age of 19/20. But still the news continues that Lukaku is available and may be about to make a permanent move to Everton.

Likewise Bamford has impressed in the pre-season friendlies so far, and may have been able to prove himself in occasional appearances as the fourth choice striker in the Chelsea squad. It is now very likely that Bamford will take in another loan spell away from Stamford Bridge.

One solution for Mourinho would be to sell struggling record signing Fernando Torres and promote Lukaku to his number two, with Drogba and Bamford also available. Altenatively, he could loan Lukaku once again to the Toffees, bringing him back once Drogba finally hangs up his boots.

Anything else would be a huge shame for two players who have shown they are more than ready to be given a chance this season. 

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