Chelsea announced that they had re-captured club legend, Didier Drogba, on Friday, just two years after he left the club.
Jose Mourinho is adamant that his decision to bring back the striker, who helped him win back-to-back titles in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, was purely because of his current ability, and not because of his past with the club.
Despite Mourinho’s claims, at the age of 36, it is hard to imagine Drogba making the same impact at Chelsea a second time round. While the Ivorian’s goals to games ratio over the past two seasons has remained impressive, the Chinese and Turkish leagues do not compare to the Premier League.
The reduction in Drogba’s abilities were clear in the Champions League clash between Chelsea and Galatasaray last season. The man Chelsea fans were so used to watching score freely was overshadowed by another aged star, Samuel Eto’o.
The Ivorian clearly won’t be Mourinho’s first-choice striker next term, after the £32million signing of Diego Costa, and will probably take up Demba Ba’s role as the impact substitute – a significant demotion for the man who Chelsea have struggled to replace since his departure, and one which could harm his status at the club.
Until Friday, Drogba’s final kick for the club would have been his winning penalty against Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final – a brilliant moment and one that will go down in Chelsea history, which was made all the better by the fact that it was his final moment as a Blues player.
Only, it wasn’t. Personally, I would have preferred to remember Drogba’s final game as that night in Munich. Not, for example, a 10 minute run-out while 2-1 down to Stoke late in the season, as it will probably end up being.
Sequels never work, and Mourinho should have stayed well away.