Such has been the impact of Didier Drogba’s spell at Stamford Bridge that the Blues have been linked with a January move to replace the Champions League winner with Wilfried Bony, a player who has been dubbed the ‘new Drogba’.
The 23-year-old has been impressive of late for Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, scoring 12 goals in 11 matches this season, interesting Chelsea and a host of clubs, including Newcastle, in the Ivorian’s signature.
Chelsea’s development in the wake of Drogba’s departure has been impressive, with more focus around the attacking trio of Oscar, Hazard and Mata, who have linked up well to feed a reinvigorated Fernando Torres up front.
Also with Romelu Lukaku impressing on loan at West Brom this season, Chelsea already have a striker, who is able to emulate the strength, pace and power of Drogba, waiting in the wings, raising questions to the exact nature of what Bony’s role at the Bridge will be.
However with just Torres and the out of favour Daniel Sturridge as the only out-and-out strikers currently available, Di Matteo may feel that he needs to invest in another forward in the winter transfer window.
As Manchester United and Javier Hernandez proved at the weekend the impact that a ‘super sub’ centre forward can have on the game could ultimately determine who takes home the Premier League trophy come the end of the season.
Currently Chelsea do not have that asset in their repertoire, and it is certainly something that they should look to exploit in the January transfer window. It just may happen to be that the new Drogba can help to banish the ghost of their departed superstar.