In what will seem like a false awakening within their own nightmare to many Arsenal fans, reports from France’s L’Équipe claim that Didier Drogba’s return to Stamford Bridge in royal blue is imminent.
While it is true that the news comes only days after Mourinho’s statement that Chelsea have “finished [in] the market”, the footballing world must have learned by now that such claims should always be taken with a pinch of salt (will we ever hear the end of Jose’s infamous ‘mind games’ accusations !). As he said last summer, a club such as Chelsea is consistently seeking to improve, thus no matter what Mourinho tells the press, it is probably wise to wait until the 31st of August before considering the club’s transfer business completed.
As poetic as Drogba’s last Chelsea kick being that which defeated Bayern Munich in their own backyard and offered the club its first ever Champions League trophy, I think it’s best to put poetry aside and consider the implications of his return to the Bridge on a wider scale. Chelsea’s squad currently comprises two strikers who are characterised by their strength and ability to hold the ball up the pitch in Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku. Who better to help the former to adapt to the Premier League in his image, and to help the latter to develop into his successor ? Indeed, Lukaku has previously been quoted as naming Drogba his mentor, even during his time on loan. The one year rumoured contract would not only offer Chelsea an interesting impact substitute striker with a wealth of big-game experience, but on a more intangible level it would provide an incredible mentoring presence in the changing room. Drogba epitomises Mourinho’s ‘must-win’ mentality from his first tenure, and would surely help in moulding our young talented squad into a relentlessly victorious unit.
Drogba’s return would be far from the ‘pining for days of strikers past’ move that it will undoubtedly be called by some pundits, but rather a clever way of assuring a winning mentality is instilled in Chelsea’s young team, especially following Lampard’s departure. It would additionally pave the way for Drogba adopting a coaching role within the Chelsea set-up, which would also prove greatly beneficial to aspiring strikers. And after all, who’s to say we won’t be able to remember Drogba’s last Chelsea kick as a Champions League winning goal ?