Dangerous Didier Drogba's Top Five Replacements
Rumors are trickling in of a possible outrageous bid by the high spending Manchester City for Chelsea's prolific striker Didier Drogba.
Although the rumors are utterly outrageous, this gives us a chance to speculate about who could fill Chelsea's goal scoring boots if the in-form Ivorian really leaves.
In the following slides we will take a look into the possible replacements for the West Londoner's talisman striker.
Luis Fabiano :: The Gentleman
The Brazilian had a rather impressive World Cup outing for his club where he scored three goals for the Samba boys.
The 29-year-old Sevilla hitman had been previously linked with a move to the bridge but the rumors eventually died out.
The widely experienced Fabiano has been very impressive for his club in the last few seasons where he emerged as their top-scorer.
Combined with his possessing strength, quick feet and a powerful, accurate strike, the Campinas native helped his club Sevilla FC win back-to-back UEFA Cups and the Copa del Rey, and establish themselves as a genuine force in Spanish football.
But his age maybe a stumbling block as he is already 29-year-old and has only a few years left at the top.
Edin Dzeko :: Bosnian Assasin
Wolfsburg's impressive striker is one of the latest youngsters who has been on the news for his exploits in front of the goal.
The 24-year-old Bosnian footballer has been on a goal scoring spree for his club and has been the top goalscorer in the Bundesliga in the 2009-10 season scoring a total of 22 goals for his club.
A complete center forward, Džeko is an unselfish player who works hard for the team. He has the ability and presence of mind to bring his teammates into play, but is equally capable of being more direct if the situation demands it.
He is quick, strong and skillful on the ball and possesses good movement in and around the box, where he has the habit of punishing any mistakes made by opposing defenders. Predominantly left footed, he finishes well from both from inside and outside the box.
He is still young and will improve a lot with experience.
He has the qualities similar to that of Chelsea's Ivorian hitman and the potential to even outdo Drogba.
Alexandre Pato :: Brazilian Prodigy
The AC Milan man has been a long term transfer target for the West Londoner's but his club has objected to any move for their Brazilian starlet.
Although the Brazilian prodigy has been in a bit off form in recent months he nevertheless has the potential to destroy any defense single-handedly.
The 20-year-old Pato with his electrifying speed, excellent passing abilities and goal scoring instincts would fit well into the shoes left by the departure of the Blues' striker Didier Drogba.
But he needs to increase his physical strength if he is to survive and make it big in England's top flight.
Sergio Aguero :: Next Big Star
The talented 22-year-old Argentine has been linked for a long time with a move to Stamford Bridge. The son-in-law of the legendary Maradona has also expressed his desire of a move to the West London outfit for a long time.
Widely regarded as the next big Argentine star, the Athletico Madrid striker could be the ideal replacement for Drogba at Chelsea's attacking front. Combined with his lightning pace and superb goal-scoring instincts he can very well take on the responsibilities of Drogba.
But his short physical features could be a handicap for him in the largely physical English Premier League.
Gonzalo Higuain :: Argentine Goal-machine
The 22-year-old has had a memorable debut World Cup. He was the top scorer until his team were knocked out off the tournament.
The Argentine goal-scoring machine had kept the faith shown on him by his manager Diego Maradona as he scored his country to the knockout rounds of World Cup, 2010 before eventually losing out to Germany.
His predatory skills in front of the goal have impressed numerous clubs but Real Madrid have refused any bids for the 6'1" Higuain.
The French origin striker is the ideal candidate to replace Drogba with his pace, skills and goal-scoring abilities. His sturdy physical features also is an added benefit.
With a bit of experience and unselfish behavior he has the potential to be the ideal candidate to replace the 2009-10 EPL champions' in-form Ivorian striker.