Should Chelsea consider turning to Drogba one last time this season?

Didier Drogba

The Ivorian has been linked with a loan move to Bologna this season after impressing for Montreal Impact but should Chelsea intervene?

This weekend Chelsea fans were treated to two notable on-the-pitch confrontations involving Blues strikers present and past.

It started, unsurprisingly, with Diego Costa who landed himself in trouble all over again after appearing to aim a kick in the general direction of Liverpool's Martin Skrtel.

Just over a day later, meanwhile, fans were once again treated to the sight of a Blues favourite becoming embroiled in an altercation of sorts with a fellow player.

Except this time the striker in question was Didier Drogba with the Ivorian involved in a confrontation that saw the forward bring Columbus Crew goalkeeper Steve Clark down in bizarre circumstances.

Drogba picked up a yellow card for his troubles while Costa was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Football Association, yet the general feeling around the two players could not be more contrasting.

Because while the African was guilty of a blatant foul, at the moment he can do little wrong for Montreal, having enjoyed a sensational stint in Major League Soccer with the Canadian club.

In 13 appearances for the Impact, Drogba has scored 12 goals, seemingly defying his 37-year-old status.

Granted the former Chelsea man is competing in an inferior and less competitive league to the one currently occupied by Costa but few can argue that the Ivorian has not taken the chances that have come his way with some aplomb.

That opinion is evidently shared by bigger fish too, amid reports from Football Italia claiming that Bologna are weighing up a loan move for the Premier League veteran.

It's a move that makes sense for both parties – Bologna need a goalscorer and the MLS season is edging towards it's conclusion – but it's also one that begs the question: Why have Chelsea not sounded him out over a move back to Stamford Bridge?

No one is suggesting he can still compete at the same levels as he once did in his Blues heyday – he managed just four Premier League goals last term in 28 Premier League appearances, for example – but the statistics attached to his season-long stay at Stamford Bridge last season are a little misleading and he could still play a role in resurrecting the Pensioners from their current predicament.

For example, Drogba only started eight of those 28 games with his average game time in the Premier League working out at around 30 minutes per match.

His game time was also disrupted by no fewer than three ankle injuries over the course of just a single campaign.

Then there are the goals themselves, which often proved decisive for the Blues including one against Manchester United in a draw at Old Trafford and strikes in wins over Tottenham and Leicester.

To be clear: Drogba remains a shadow of the player he once was at Chelsea and Jose Mourinho was most likely right to call time on his Stamford Bridge career when he did.

But, on the other hand, as a striker in form he represents a better option that the likes of Radamel Falcao and another option alongside Loic Remy and Costa with that trio contributing a grand total of three top-flight goals from 22 combined appearances this term.

His hold-up play could help the likes of Eden Hazard rediscover their touch in front of goal while Mourinho would undoubtedly benefit from a loyal, experienced head in the Chelsea ranks to encourage any dissenters in the squad.

More notably still, Robbie Keane previously showed the impact an MLS 'import' can have during a returning stint in the Premier League after scoring three crucial league goals in seven top-flight appearances while on loan at Aston Villa.

That move came after a run of four goals in nine games for LA Galaxy.

With Drogba boasting better stats in the MLS already this season, Chelsea could do far worse than bring the Ivorian back for one last rescue mission.

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