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Shockwave: Didier Drogba to Chelsea

Wow, just wow. Didier Drogba. What a player.

Imagine trying to replace Didier Drogba with the likes of Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain. Goodness, what a truly terrible and frightening prospect; we hope for Chelsea’s sake that never happ…oh.

All great stories have strong beginnings, and Didier Drogba was no different. In January 2002 he made his way onto the big stage with top-division side Guingamp, tallying an impressive 17 goals in 34 leagues games. His immense success at this level earned him a move to Marseille in 2003, where he really started to fine tune his talents, scoring 19 times in 35 domestic matches and an additional 11 goals in Europe. After just a season, the then 26-year-old signed for Chelsea in 2004 for as estimated £24million.

Due to the brilliance we often associate him with now and his untouchable icon status, it barely seems fathomable that, once upon a time, he was a relatively unreliable; some might even say fans begrudged him, amazingly. But he was, and for the raw talent he possessed – from immense speed and strength, to domineering aerial ability and unrivalled finesse, his talents were often overlooked due to his hothead tendencies which would cause him to frequently combust in a fit of petulant rage.

Two years later though, we were introduced to the ‘real’ Drogba, the one we all remember and the one who made us quake in our boots. Our defences didn’t deserve to face him, no one did.

The goalscoring menace that was Didier Drogba grabbed himself a cool 33 goals in all competitions during the 2006-07 campaign, including 20 in the Premier League, and continued his form in the proceeding years to become one of the deadliest strikers in the league. Hated by all, loved by Chelsea.

Supporters may remember a certain spot kick to win Chelsea the penalty shootout against Bayern Munich and claim the Champions League trophy. Their memory might even stretch back to the most impossible looking headed goal in regulation time as well. Big. Game. Player.

Needless to say, replacing him in recent years has proven to be…fruitless.

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Shockwave: Didier Drogba to Chelsea
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