Didier Drogba has resigned for English Premier League Club Chelsea. The man responsible for the single most important kick in Chelsea’s history looked set to make a return. A free agent after his contract at Galatasaray in Turkey has expired, Didier Drogba, whose winning penalty in Munich brought the biggest trophy in club football to Stamford Bridge, seems to be heading back home to Chelsea. If nothing else, Drogba’s return will make a change for Chelsea to have a proper striker on the books.
What Jose Mourinho is recruiting is a 36 year old who will not play in every single Chelsea matches. Yet, like the well cellared vintage he is, Drogba will be a valuable resource brought out on special occasions, a celebratory tipple rather than a table wine. The odd Champions League game here, a sporadic appearance in the English Premier League there, a lot of time spent on the bench watching the action. Indeed, Drogba is unlikely to feature in the early stages of the League Cup.
Despite these, Didier Drogba has the ability to propel Chelsea to take home the title in the 2014-15 season. The influence that Didier Drogba will bring to bear on Chelsea will largely be felt behind the scene. What Drogba will be doing mainly is to demonstrate to the rest the daily habits of a serial winner. With Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole departing, Chelsea are short of players who might influence younger elements. Drogba will be providing constant, compelling evidence of what is required to stay on top.
Didier Drogba is clearly a magnificent example to any young player. Take Oscar for instance, apparently broken after Brazil crashed out of the World Cup with humiliating defeats to Germany and Netherlands, can benefit from training alongside someone who knows how to handle the vicissitudes of footballing fortunes. On more than one occasion – his meltdown in the Champions League Semi Finals Defeat to Barcelona – Drogba looked as if he was about to implode. That he came back to strike the winning penalty in the same competition three seasons later is testament to the powers of his mental recovery.
A hugely intelligent and influential player, Drogba will be a brilliant lieutenant to Mourinho and a reinforcer in the dressing room. In many ways, Drogba will be serving the kind of roles undertaken by Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs in the latter days of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. For Ferguson, Giggs and Scholes were an invaluable presence, dripping with the authority of achievement though they played a less significant influence under David Moyes’s charge. But Drogba, forever Mourinho’s most significant signing at Chelsea, will not be arriving with any intention or expectations of undermining his boss. He will be there simply to reinforce and accentuate everything the main man says.
For sure, Didier Drogba would be returning to Chelsea under completely different circumstances from when he first signed a decade ago. Back in the past, he was the youthful spearhead of something new. Today, he is the grizzled reminder of something past. If nothing else, seeing the old Chelsea hero warming up on the touchline will send a somewhat more significant frisson of optimism through Stamford Bridge crowd than would be the case of watching Fernando Torres taking his tracksuit off. Drogba’s past and his influence is the very reason why he can win Chelsea the title.
Why Drogba Can Win Chelsea The Title
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