Would Chelsea Ever Take Back Club Legend Didier Drogba?

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistDecember 12, 2012

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 19:  Didier Drogba of Chelsea celebrates with team mate Juan Mata after scoring his team’s first goal during UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena München on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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For eight seasons, Chelsea fans were able to see Didier Drogba perform on the pitch at Stamford Bridge. 

The Ivorian forward scored over 150 goals for the club, but his most important goal was his last as he scored an equalizer late in the second half of the Champions League final last season against Bayern Munich. 

Drogba left Stamford Bridge after the historic victory for China to play for Shanghai Shenhua. 

Now, with the Chinese season over and Drogba looking to stay fresh before the start of the African Cup of Nations in January, reports have broken out that the Ivorian wants to come back to Chelsea to maintain his match fitness.

The real question surrounding the potential return of Drogba is do Chelsea want him back. 

At first glance, you would think bringing back a club legend for a month would be a great idea, especially after looking at his goal scoring record in China.

Drogba scored eight goals in 11 matches for Shanghai Shenhua and would be coming to Chelsea in good form.

However, the Blues can not afford to bring in a club legend like Drogba at the moment as they are finally beginning to come together under new manager Rafa Benitez.

More importantly, Fernando Torres is beginning to find his goal scoring form under Benitez with four goals in his last two matches. 

When a player like Torres is getting into a hot streak of form, the last thing to do with the player is replace him in the starting lineup.

That is what Benitez would have to do if Drogba was brought back to Stamford Bridge. 

If this scenario came about a few weeks ago when Torres was searching for his first EPL goal since September, then Drogba would have been considered as a viable option.

At the current moment, the only contribution that Drogba will be making to Chelsea are the championship rings that he bought his teammates for winning the Champions League title in May. 

Some returning legends, like Thierry Henry at Arsenal, are able to fit in at the right time for a month-long loan. 

But, in the case of Drogba, there is too much at stake for Chelsea to risk bringing him into the club and worrying about what form he is in when Torres is finally beginning to score goals again. 

Drogba is a legend at the club and he always will be, but going to Chelsea on a month-long loan is a bad idea for both parties involved. 


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