Drogba or Sanogo - who will make the biggest impact this season?

Didier Drogba

Chelsea have secured the return of a former great while Arsenal possess a prospect with great potential.

Can emerging Arsenal prospect Yaya Sanogo have a greater impact this season than returning Chelsea hero Didier Drogba?

With pace, power and strength, it may become common for the former to be compared to the latter - and if he is able to maintain his effectiveness from pre-season, where he struck an astonishing four times against Benfica in the Emirates Cup on Saturday, then he may swiftly overshadow the Stamford Bridge great.

But is that even likely?

Together with physical attributes, Drogba also had a good touch, could control games from the front and generally cause a nuisance of himself. Before Sanogo's first goal at the weekend, he was anonymous.

The youngster's prolific exploits have attracted the attention of excitable sports writers who openly ponder whether Arsene Wenger's seeming refusal to enter the transfer market for a striker are because of his confidence in Sanogo's ability to recreate that sort of performance on a weekly basis in the Premier League.

Against Boreham Wood, again in pre-season, Sanogo returned an abject display, though. Throughout last season his inclusion in a match failed to inspire the Gunners crowds and he appears out of sorts in a roster that is high on quality.

Droba's return to Chelsea, meanwhile, was a surprise. Not only because of his veteran status, he's now 36, but also because the Blues have a much younger, faster, stronger footballing clone in Diego Costa.

And, as Jose Mourinho just ratified a big-money transfer for the Brazil-born Spaniard, it is unlikely that Costa will have been acquired in order to play second fiddle - to Drogba, or to Fernando Torres.

So, regardless of physical advantages, perhaps the Sanogo and Drogba comparisons are borne because of their status's in their respective squads… they are both bit-part players.

They are both on the fringes of the first-team, likely to be included on a substitutes bench or in a cup game but unlikely to be called upon for goals week-in, week-out, like Costa… or Alexis Sanchez/Olivier Giroud.

If Sanogo hovers around the six-yard line, then rare will be the day he will score twice let alone four times in a sole game, particularly if it is he coming off the bench, however, will he be a superior super-sub to Drogba?

Only time will tell.

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