Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill claims Didier Drogba is back to his best and ready to compete with star man Diego Costa for a starting spot.
The 36-year-old club legend returned to Stamford Bridge this summer after a two-year absence to provide cover up front, settling in behind £32 million Costa and Loic Remy.
Injuries to both, however, have seen him start three consecutive games and, while the prolific Costa is expected to regain his place in the line-up for the weekend’s league game against Queens Park Rangers, Cahill still believes Drogba won’t be pushed aside easily.
‘Does Diego have a battle to get in the team? We have options, not just up front but all over the pitch. It's great,’ he told Standard Sport.
‘To have the three strikers in form, Loic scored before he was injured, to have them all back fit and scoring is vital.’
Drogba netted the first goal of his second Blues spell in the 6-0 Champions League win against Maribor last week, before adding further strikes in the 1-1 draw at Manchester United and 2-1 Capital One Cup win over Shrewsbury Town, respectively, prompting Cahill to argue that he’s now just as sharp as when he first left in 2012.
‘Didier has made a statement over the last week with playing games. We've seen in the last two matches that he's fully fit now,’ he added.
‘He is looking dangerous, like he was before he went [in 2012]. He has been massive for us, led by example at Shrewsbury and got a vital goal for us.
‘Who knows how long he can play on for? That's for the club and Didier to decide. Diego has been playing the majority of the games up till now but Didier is fit and sharp.’