Club Focus – Chelsea – Drogba’s Stamford Bridge tenure perhaps drawing to an end

As the rumours continue to fly around Didier Drogba’s future at Chelsea, it seems like the speculation will not end anytime soon. However, irrespective of what happens at the end of the season, there are a few things both Chelsea and potential Drogba suitors should consider.

Drogba arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2004 and at many times has been the centre of attention for all the wrong reasons. As a player who has been criticised for diving too much and throwing tantrums on and off the pitch when things are not to his liking, Drogba has brought a fair share of negative publicity to the club. Despite all that he is still one of the most loved figures at SW6. The fans cannot get enough of the Chelsea striker who has inspired the club to silverware on more than one occasion, but now, with the arrival of Fernando Torres, questions are being asked about the need for the 33-year-old next season.

It has become known that Chelsea will continue to rebuild their squad in the summer and for Drogba the worry is that he may end up fighting for a place in the side against more than just Torres. The Ivorian is known to be easily demoralised when he is not in the mix, as he showed when Torres initially arrived at the Bridge. A clear example was the away game against Blackpool, where Drogba exhibited a lacklustre performance and seemed like he did not want to be on the pitch. In the second-half he wanted to come off the field because of an injury despite the medical team saying he could carry on. The Chelsea No 11 was substituted for Salomon Kalou and the Blues eventually went on to win quite convincingly without their star forward.

It must be mentioned that his cameo against Manchester City still proves he has what it takes to terrorise defenders on his day. His strength on the ball is unmatched and Drogba is clearly an asset to the team. The question is his commitment to the club. It is interesting to note that next season Drogba will turn 34 and may not be playing the 90 minutes of every match. So will the Ivorian be able to deal with more time on the bench for the sake of the team?

Considering these facts you would have to say that Chelsea would be foolish to allow a player like Drogba to leave in the summer. He is easily one of the best in the league even at his age. However, the decision may not be in their hands because, from Drogba’s point of view, staying at Stamford Bridge may no longer be an option. For someone used to playing every game and captaining his country, it is hard to imagine he will be willing to sit on the bench for half the season.

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