Traditionally, managers have combined a smaller nippy striker, with a taller striker able to hold the ball up and head it in from close range. Drogba is a hybrid of both these designs, able to hold the ball up with ease and powerful in the air.
But the captain of the Elephants is also fast, able to take free kicks and accurate from close and long range.
Add his ability to take set plays into the melting pot, and it’s no surprise that he was last years Premiership Golden Boot winner. The £24 million Chelsea paid for him in July 2004 has been money well spent.
But Chelsea’s No. 11 recently passed birthday No. 33. The West Londoners, the Ivory Coast, and the world of EPL lovers do not have much longer to appreciate Drogba’s skills.
This article breaks down a list of 10 players who might be able to at least try to emulate his style of play, and perhaps reach his level. In alphabetical order, in case you’re wondering.