The Return of Didier Drogba : Expectations, Season So Far and Ahead
It seemed like yesterday only when Kind Didier scored that UCL winning penalty against Bayern Munich on 19th May 2012. The Chelsea fans, however were left disappointed with the fact that it was supposed to be his last kick in a blue shirt.
But Jose Mourinho, on returning to Stamford Bridge for his second tenure in the 2013-14 season, had something different in mind and decided to bring him back. Drogba thus joined The Blues again at the beginning of this season on a one-year deal, along with 1st preference and newly brought frontman Diego Costa.
The emotional farewell was followed by an enthusiastic welcome for Drogba. It was the Return of Didier Drogba who had scored in many crucial matches for Chelsea.
And so, the season kicked off with a lot of hopes. So far, Chelsea have proved to be the best team by far, standing tall at 1st position in the Barclays Premier League, leading 2nd placed Man City by five points. But has DD11 been able to prove his worth?
Expectations are high. But till now, Didier has failed to stand up to them. And those who have been waiting for him to score his 1st goal of the season are disappointed at this point of time. Whereas, Diego Costa is proving to be an amazing signing with nine goals in 7 matches.
But still, the truth remains that Drogba is much better in terms of experience and being habitual to Premier League conditions. Also, being one of the most experienced players in the squad, the fans must be expecting him to lead our attack, But for that, he needs to start scoring.
The Ivorian is also expected to set an example for players like Costa, Remy, Fabregas, Oscar, Hazard and Willian.
They say, ‘no player is bigger than the team’, and so far we have seen that Jose has started with Costa in all Premier League games and not with Drogba because of his mediocre form. But Drogba is the kind of player who needs more game time to improve.
It is clear though that Jose wants to focus on the whole team rather than an individual player. However, this should be left to the Special One to decide whether his main focus should be on Drogba or the team as a whole.
Emotionally, we can say ‘Form is temporary, class is permanent.’ But technically it has to be realized that if Drogba has not been able to impress Mourinho, irrespective of the playing time he has been given. If this continues, he will no longer have space in Mourinho’s plans even though they both share a big emotional attachment.
While some say that age has taken over him, many still believes that he can get back to his best and show his true colours.
Also, the fact that the season has just begun, with only nine games played in all competitions, there is still a lot of time for Drogba to improve. But till then, all we can do is pray and hope for that magical moment to come soon.
Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni