Cote D’Ivoire’s captain, Didier Drogba has made a u-turn return to his former team, Chelsea FC, as Samuel Eto’o fell out with Jose Mourinho and quitted the London side.
Drogba whose return according to Mourinho has no link with his close ties with the club, but rather on his personality and ability to win matches and trophies, has just penned a year contract.
At 36, Drogba might be a dark horse – would struggle to find form and subsequently results with the club, although he left the club with a very rich pedigree.
Whether he would be pivotal to Chelsea this season would all depend on how Mourinho intend to utilize him in the team – as a regular first team choice or a substitute depending on how long he could stay on the pitch.
Drogba joined Chelsea in 2004 from French top flight, Olympique Marseilles and scored 157 goals in 341 appearances according to the club website.
He equally won three English Premier League titles, four FA Cups; two league Cups and a European Champion League winner to crown it all.
After finally winning his first Champion League trophy in 2012 with the Blues after several attempts, Drogba decided to leave the club at the peak of his career.
Although the choice to play for Shanghai Shenhue took Chelsea’s fans aback, he seemed to have wasted time in China, before being rescued by Turkish giant Galatasaray.
In Turkey, Drogba could still prove that he still has something to offer and was even a threat to Chelsea in last season’s Champions League knockout phase.
Time to produce, friendship later
With Mourinho more determined than ever to lift a Champion League trophy with Chelsea, as well as win the Premier league, Drogba might be just the magic he would need to do that.
For Drogba to rapidly fit in the new squad with some of his old teammates of the likes of Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard gone elsewhere, he would have to adapt with new faces and challenges.
The pressure would be enormous as the desire to deliver would be on his shoulders, but Drogba has the advantage of understanding the English game and style.
At 36, Drogba would only hope that Mourinho do not doubt his age if he start to show sign of fatigue like Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o and use it as an alibi to justify his performances later.
Auspiciously for Drogba he has quickly got back to play top football, Eto’o is yet to find a team though reports say there are many proposals on the table.
With a dismal world Cup campaign in Brazil marred by injury and Eto’o might not end up with the big teams he had hope for, but would certainly get a team to show off what he still has at 33.