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Mourinho Explains Move for Drogba

Our poll leaves those who view in little doubt as to what the supporters think of bringing the legend that is Didier Drogba back.

Perhaps the old adage about - never going back - has influenced voting.

However it appears, if Jose Mourinho gets his way then Didier could be coming back to Stamford Bridge inside the next forty-eight hours.

Talking about the possible recruitment of a player who scored 157 goals for us with 100 of those coming in the Premier League, Jose has remarked to the media,

"We want to win titles and Didier is still one of the best strikers in Europe."

"We feel that Didier belongs to us."

"He is very adapted to the needs of the Premier League. We are thinking about it in a non-emotional way. If we bring him back n it is not because he is Didier or he scored the most important goal in the history of Chelsea or because I read I need an assistant."

"If I bring him back, and a decision has to be made soon, it is because he has qualities to make the team stronger."


Does it all start to make sense now or are you still dead against the idea?




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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 25 2014

Time: 7:34AM

Your Comments

As 3rd choice he will be a very important squad player :)
Hazard11
Still against the idea... As a player, that's a No no, this might unsettle Lukaku. Jose shud wait until Lukaku returns to the club, have a chat wit him then he can make the decision. He shud not bring back DD until he's had a chat with Rumelu Lukaku, that's a safe and wise thing to do. We shudnt lose a bright 21yr old prodigy who can turn out to be worldclass for a short term stop gap 36yr old. That'll be so stupid to do.
seanwillex
As a squad player, i think it will be a good move. I fancy Didier to lift another trophy with us before finally hanging his boots.
martinzblue
is chelsea is chasing isco
sud87
dd u ar welcome.
the_blues
Bring back Drogba and sell the Pretender.
StamfordDLion
one word he is just done and dusted...it will be useless signing....i tought jose was a brave coach...but he is too afraid...thats why he is bringing him back...i tought we were looking in future and our transition period was over...but jose is dragging us back again...so who's next anelka boswinga kalou...etc etc...jose sign everyone of our old teammate so that they can make you comfortable again..
shlok27
We need leaders in the team. No Lampard and Cole robs us of two senior figures, Drogba can provide that leadership even if he struggles to score goals this season.
Seabourch
guessing the club want a short term fix that doesn't block youth and also just back up for costa,torres and maybe lukaku. With cole and lampard leaving it leaves a big hole in experience and personality In the dressing room. Drogba will give that in abundance
Dave-David
Clearly Drogba won't play week in, week out. However, 20 minutes to go, looking for a goal, he has still got it. If we can get Drogba in and Torres out it will be a masterstroke. If Jose tells Torres Costa, Lukaku & Drogba are in front of you surely Torres has to take the hint.
CobhamBlue
talking about leadership has terry retired.from chelsea...have we sold brana or cahill...we have enough player to take that leadership no need to go back and bring the old leaders...
shlok27
@shlok27 you never supported jose so take it easy and read joses comment on DD he is still one of the best strikers in the world even @36 feel happy if we are getting him.
the_blues
Going to be a very expensive strike force with Drogba, Torres, Costa and Lukaku. Forget even the effect on Lukaku, but even Costa. Torres will be shattered with this pursuit, but can't see him giving a fuss about leaving Chelsea, since he is getting the 175k check a week that he won't get from anywhere. His international football spot is not under threat given how he makes the team even if he scores 0 goals and Spain is not a force to be reckoned with anymore so he could care less about how sitting on Chelsea's reserves will affect his spot with the international team. Costa on the other hand is fresh, big price tag, good salary, a lot of expectations from everyone and if DD is started over him, might affect his confidence a bit even he is a fierce competitor as much as Suarez. Didier is a legend and one of the biggest game players English Football has ever seen, but I fail to see the confidence shown to new signing Costa, young Lukaku and busted Torres by signing a 36 year old player to compete with them. It's like having Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Donnovan McNabb and RGIII/Andrew Luck in one team and thinking healthy competition which will benefit the club will be the output. People will get *****ed off and leave and by next season, we will be looking for 1-3 strikers to replace the departed ones. That's too much turnover at the striking position in the last 3 seasons.
KAKUfrank
now every body is expecting cfc to win the epl so adding him is not a problem but expect him to score you vital goals.
the_blues
Costa will be our starter. Unless he is a total disaster Drogba won't replace him - even then Lukaku would surely be second choice to start regularly. In fact Drogba will not be able to play 90 minutes every week. Costa is not threatened by Drogba. Torres is the player threatened by Drogba. There was a story the other day about Monaco being interested in Torres. That one could fly. Because of the 0% tax in Monaco Torres could half his wages and still earn the same money. We can only pray!
CobhamBlue
the blues...i never supported joses wrong decesion...i wont mind bringing dd as an assistant but as a player i have problem..no mattet how much you praise him he is done and dusted people expect too much now a days....and bringing DD shows that jose dont have trust in DC...who i tought was brought to win the title...
shlok27
why not give that usefull minute to.player like bamford rather than playing drogba if you know you arent going to.play him for much of the match..why are you wasting one international slot for him...just a plain stupid decesion...
shlok27
Whatever the case is, 1 striker (preferably Torres) has to be moved to accommodate Didier's return. Only that makes financial sense for Chelsea. Maybe that's the only way Moutinho is confident in bringing Drogba back.
KAKUfrank
I feel Torres wont be with us
Petrov
If Drogba comes, it means Torres is leaving. Costa, Lukaku, Drogba will be our strikers
Blu_run
Lukaku will not leave this season, main reason is HG rules.
Blu_run
shlok: You have been criticising Jose since the day he was appointed. Criticising is a mild word. Still remember some of the personal abuses, derogatory terms and name calling that you dished on Jose.
StamfordDLion
Costa, Torres and Drogba for me. Send Bamford out on loan. Sell Lukaku.
StamfordDLion
Good luck trying to sell Torres. Easier to sell Lukaku than Torres.
StamfordDLion
Drogbba really??? Lol, this guy was done 3 years ago, the most pointless and ridiculous signing ever, leadership my foot, what did 'leadership' win us last season?, drogba will be lucky to get three goals this season if he Comes.
oscarr
StamforDLion, I respect ur views, but I'll say this comment: "Costa, Torres and Drogba for me. Send Bamford out on loan. Sell Lukaku". Is the stupidest I've seen on VC till date. Sorry for my hash language, but its bcus I lack better words to describe that comment. We played against DD in the UCL last season, and u saw how washed up and useless DD was for galatasary, and that was a big match. So don't give me he'll play only big matches. DD is done with high level competitive football, if he's not He'll have options to go to, right now he's clubless tells u a lot about his game level ryt now. NB: I don't hate ur opinion, just the ignorance in it.
seanwillex
@magic_quill, Demba Ba was under contract and he still left because of lack of playing time and has been looking to leave since last year January when we signed Eto. And we sold. Wasn't he under contract? Duhhhhh!!!!!!!!! If Didier for some magical reasons ends up being the 2nd choice striker, Torres will certainly leave or get paid off, Lukaku won't sign a contract extension and Chelsea will cash in just like Sturridge (in case you forgot, Sturridge left even though he was under contract and we were forced to sell because he wasn't signing a contract extension and wasn't getting game time in his center forward position). Duhhhh!!!!!!! Chelsea's policy is 1 year contract for players over 30, so DD will get a one year just like Eto and he if he leaves by the end of summer, that's potentially up to 3 strikers that could leave. 2 strikers just left Chelsea this summer in Demba Ba and Samuel Eto. Another 2 in Drogba and Sturridge plus a Lukaku loan left the year before that so I have no idea why you shaking your head if you can't understand the history of turnovers in the striker position at Chelsea.
KAKUfrank
Off Topic . former Chelsea player Tabor dies on holiday http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/9392757/tabor-passes-away-aged-23?
Blue_Mel
Lol....it will be so funny watching how awful and useless dd is when he steps on the field.
oscarr
Please take this Lukaku criticisms, facts and reasoning elsewhere. It is already tainting this article as can be seen already. Go to the forum and create a Lukaku thread and you can spit all the facts, reasonings and healthy debate. No need to taint a Didier article as this will turn to a Lukaku back and forth in a mild second.
KAKUfrank
Well he can be decent 3rd choice striker. He brings certain other qualities to the table that the younger players can learn from. But again I am biased. lol! #drogba
syed230183_chelseafc
Does it matter??? So far as it is related to the artcle its fine. What's DD article? This is Vital Chelsea Forum and Lukaku is a chelsea player. @KAKU
seanwillex
@Stamford....costa torres and Drogba...seriously ...haha...one is an unproven striker in epl another is a big flop and third one is already washed out....so we are going to win the tiltle with torres and drogba as a back up...then god help chelsea...cant believe what iam reading..
shlok27
Anybody that'll back the signing of DD and advocate for Lukaku to be sold is plainly blinded by sentiments. That's the truth.
seanwillex
atleast use some logic...
shlok27
Last season eto, this season drogba, next season crespo or jimmy floyd hasselbank. Lol
oscarr
@shlok: Then replacing torres with a certain lukaku would win us d league. Right?
Demmyblues
By all indication, Lukaku is a better bet than Torres. @demmyblues, do u disagree? Give reasons y. For all we know Lukaku has always outscored Torres albeit in a smaller club. But there's not guarantee he can't do it in CFC. Afterall Sturridge did well for bolton, we fail to trust him wit responsibility and now we're regratin it weneva he's dancing at anfield.
seanwillex
@seanwillex, you will see what I mean shortly re:Lukaku.
KAKUfrank
...No* guarantee.... Regretting* it....
seanwillex
We have to put faith in the players we have... Not making them feel they're never capable enuf to carry the team. This DD talk from JM smacks of desperation to win.
seanwillex
@demmy....why not...with torres you know what you will get...with lukaku atleast i can atleast have my bets on chelsea winning...
shlok27
oscarr, Drogba was done 3 years ago? This would be the same Drogba that just over 2 years ago scored in the Champions League semi-final, FA Cup semi-final, FA Cup Final & Champions League Final. I'll bet most strikers would happily be as "done" as that!!
CobhamBlue
seanwillex --- "This DD talk from JM smacks of desperation to win."---- I hope you are correct.
CobhamBlue
@seanwillex you are welcome with the confidence you have
the_blues
Yes he scored in those cup games, but he woes woeful in the league in his last two seasons with us, he had that extra bit of motivation then to play in those cup games, but I'm sorry he is done now, very frustrating to watch, he keeps giving the ball away. I insists he will be a pointless signing.
oscarr
seanwillex: (For all we know Lukaku has always outscored Torres albeit in a smaller club. But there's not guarantee he can't do it in CFC.) Go and check yours Facts. Lukaka has always outscored Torres! Really? Lukaku has scored 17 goals for WBA and 16 for Everton. Torres scored 22 GOALS for CHELSEA in 2012/13 and 11 GOALS Last Season. Has Lukaku scored 22 or more than that? Never mind Chelsea? Check your Stats! Its one thing to Vouch for a Favorite Player But to Discredit another Player by posting flawed stats is Ridiculous. People can keep on hating Torres But remember that he scored 22 Goals in 2012/13 and 11 Goals last season. Last season Torres scored 4 Goals less than Lukaku playing for CHELSEA. How can one by sure that Lukaku will be a HIT and not a DUD at Chelsea?
StamfordDLion
*was woeful*
oscarr
I hope I won't have to bring Torres' Goal Stats for Liverpool and Atletico. Lukaku has always outscored Torres. Laughable.
StamfordDLion
Keep Bashing and Discrediting Torres. Later on some people will remember Torres for being a Flop BUT some will also remember him for being Phenomenal and arguably the best striker in the world. There is no guarantee that Lukaku will reach his level.
StamfordDLion
KAKU: I am not the First One to bring Lukaku into this thread. Keep doing your thing and let me do mine. TBH, I hope no intention of engaging with you.
StamfordDLion
TBH, I have ...
StamfordDLion
(We have to put faith in the players we have... Not making them feel they're never capable enuf to carry the team.) Guess this statement only applies in Lukaku's case and not Torres
StamfordDLion
@StamfordDLion can't you refrain from mentioning Lukaku till the auspicious date 1st of September? Please we all understand your point but you don't have to keep reminding everyone every chance you get. PLEASE!
Louis Lancuv
shlok: Big Flop Torres scored 11 Goals last season and 22 the season before than. Lukaku only scored 4 more goals than Torres last season and 5 less goals in the season before that.
StamfordDLion
Louis Lancuv: I am not attacking Lukaku's personal appearances or his family or raining abuses on him. Its fair for people to call Torres a FLOP But its not okay to Compare Torres Stats with Lukaku's Stats?
StamfordDLion
Lol... 22 goals in how many matches??? Ur the 1 that has laughable stats. But sorry if I didn't indicate my stats are for League games. And pls go back to history and bring up Torres' goal stats in the league, from Atleti to CFC, I still maintain my point: LUKAKU has always outscored Torres, albeit in a lower club/League. @StamforDLion
seanwillex
You don't have to be the first or last but 90 percent will be focused on Lukaku which is as usual abnormal.10 posts already and Lukaku is out of your mouth in 8 of them. Will get to 50 posts with 40 out of 50 on Lukaku by end of the day. Please take your distraction elsewhere and bitterness it will create elsewhere. Already have Seanwillex bashing you already. Only a matter of time before new and old posters harp onto it. Take it elsewhere mate. Always causing one problem or the other and this is not a Lukaku article.
KAKUfrank
Most clubs that play against Chelsea park the bus. They don't give strikers space like in Everton.
StamfordDLion
Kaku: Do you think I am concerned because some new member is bashing me? Chuckles. The only ones who bash me are Lukaku VC Fans who Happily Bash Torres But can't handle posters criticising Lukaku. Chuckles.
StamfordDLion
seanwillex: I remember a certain player named Torres who scored 22 Goals (Okay: His Goals were distributed in several competitions) and helped us win a EUROPEAN TROPHY, EUROPA. Going by your logic, I guess his Trophy Winning Goals were Insignificant. I guess you didn't even bother watching Chelsea in Europa's Semi Final and Finals. I guess you didn't even Celebrate Chelsea winning the Europa Trophy.
StamfordDLion
oscarr, Drogba scored 14 goals in 36 games last season. The league is a lower standard but not absolutely pathetic. Galatasaray have qualified into the knockout stages of the Champions League the last 2 years so they are a reasonable team. Nobody is expecting the Drogba of 2010 but if he can give us what Ba did last season - 8 goals mainly from the bench - and leave Costa & Lukaku to do the heavy lifting, then not many will be complaining.
CobhamBlue
The Europa League campaign was definitely Torres' finest moments in a Chelsea shirt and I am grateful for that - we are only the 4th team in Europe to win all 3 major trophies. However, he was bought to score like that in the Premier League & Champions League. Sadly he just isn't capable of doing it anymore.
CobhamBlue
With Torres, Drogba as strikers, we wont win anything
Blu_run
Costa & Lukaku are the strikers. It is between Torres & Drogba for 3rd choice. Clearly Jose wants Drogba, but it will happen only if Monaco / At.Madrid / NYC bids are accepted.
Blu_run
Latest reports suggests that Real Madrid wants Falcao on 1 yr loan with option to buy next summer. If this happens, Torres to Monaco will definitely happen.
Blu_run
(For all we know Lukaku has always outscored Torres albeit in a smaller club.) How are we to know that you meant to say only Goals Scored in the Premiership? To avoid Controversy post Clearly.
StamfordDLion
Bony ought to be considered. 16 Goals in 34 matches last season in the Premiership. 25 Goals in Total. Good technique, Good in the air, Good scoring record. Scored 37 Goals for Vitesse the season before last season. 25 years old like Costa.
StamfordDLion
Lol... Ok let's end this like this: Lukaku is a kid that has huge potential, Torres is our record signing with only 20 PL goals in 110 appearances. That's 1 goal in 5.5matches. While Lukaku has 76 PL appearances to 32 goals. That is 1 goal in 2.375 appearances. And they guy still has the ability to do better and progress. And before u start giving excuses for Torres saying its hard to score for CFC than Everton or Westbrom, the man Torres has sent both players and coaches out of CFC becos of his woeful finishing. As a CFC fan we need a fresh relieve, and Lukaku brings that. No matter how Lukaku performs this season, I don't think Torres will do better than him with comparing average app. (Starts and subs). Lukaku deserves a chance, he might be a talkative and disrespectful as I called him on the last Lukaku article, still let him try and fail first before we crucify him.
seanwillex
@shlok: den les offload torres nd den we ll have costa, lukaku nd drogba. I think drogba will be d 3rd choice striker. Though am nt totally in support of bringing drogba in bt if it will save me frm d trauma of seeing torres in our shirt dis season, i ll take it
Demmyblues
Bony seems a good signing in theory but at 25 he would need to play back-up to Costa. Would he be happy with the lack of game time? Lukaku's moaning and he's only 21. A 25 year old is near the peak of his career and will want to play regularly. That is why the mix of 25 year old top European striker, young Premier League proven striker and grizzled veteran who has done it all is the perfect mix.
CobhamBlue
Lol.. @demmyblues I agree with u in some way. DD in only if Torres goes. Good financially too.
seanwillex
Brave has nothing to do with Didier Drogba. the guy old or not is a superb player we are getting on free. Lets we forget... we got Eto o like this and i believe he more than justify the 7m we paid for him. If only to take the freekicks, i would welcome Didier with open arms. history be damned... ... incidentally, my most beloved site after vital is aptly title we......... NO history.... com. so he is okay for me
Dwonder
I still think Mou's ego is ruining his sense of judgement. I think d club management should settle whatever differences he has with Lukaku. A ***** Lukaku is 100 times better than a 36 yr old Drogba. Ffs, Drogba's first touch was as awful as any ***** player during his first season so don't give me that foolish excuse about Lukaku's being bad either.
Misterlecturer
Lukaku is Home-grown. This makes him valuable for chelsea. Bony is not HG. Since we are struggling with HG quota, Lukaku wont be sold unless we get a HG player as replacement.
Blu_run
He also said that Roman was very much behind this move. Could be the kick up the backside that Lukaku needs and someone that he could learn a huge amount from. Knowing him, he will react the wrong way however!
Maestro_Zola
No Jose should not bring DD back please for the sake of our young striker lukaku
obex
No Jose should not bring DD back please for the sake of our young striker lukaku
obex
"Might unsettle Lukaku". What a laughable statement. That boy has done everything in the world to unsettle himself.
solid7
CobhamBlue: 21 Year Old Lukaku has Talked A Lot. I hope I won't have to post his quotes again. Remember what he said about seeing Eto and Ba in the Dressing Room Last Season, His words on Juventus, How he described himself "Complete Striker", How he reached when he was Substitued (He refused to shake Belgian Manager Wilmot's hand), The Writing is On the Wall (Figuratively) I am Convinced 21 Year Old Lukaku won't be Patient or Happy to Come Off the Bench on a Regular Basis.
StamfordDLion
* How he REACTED when the was Substituted . . .
StamfordDLion
It matters @ Sean Willex. don't mention the name of that scum on this thread. The foolish one has been whoring himself to all and the only reason he went a bit quiet in recent times was the fact that he was so poor in the WC that he was upstaged by a 19 year old....
Dwonder
Blu_run: Perhaps one of our home grown academy players will be promoted and included in the senior squad
StamfordDLion
Well many are missing the point in the signing,and understandably so. I was a lil skeptical about the signing from a financial,and transitional stand point. After Jose's quotes(those up there aren't the full statement),I have a better knowledge and understanding of the signing. As a player Didier is a decent option,its not entirely about his ability but his presence,the nack to win,the urgency and motivation he drives into the players around him,and the atmosphere when the chips are down. We can remember how toxic Drogba makes the bridge become whenever everyones face rest on their pam,"get on your feet you blue faithfuls" he said just right in front of me as he was about to take a corner against Spurs. That aside we have a new bunch of players,internationals who don't entirely understand what it means to wear the Chelsea blue,and a bunch on youngsters,who are still learning what it takes to play with their hearts and for the badge...It's important to have a player who the club respects,and ultimately the players will respect,its about rediscovering the identity of Jose's foundation(playing with heart). Drogba is essentially going to be a bit player,and ultimately graduate to the back room staff,according to a few friends within the club,he'll only be playing for this season,and graduate into the backroom staff next season. Lukaku still has lots to learn(especially his first touch,and hold up play),and who better to learn from than DD who's the master of hold up play and first touches. Remember the FA Cup final against Manchester United? Remember Didier's acclaimed motivational speech at half time,that created lion hearts in the players...You'll have that within our ranks as well. It's important to also clarify that,as a player he gets to hang around the players,having more effect on em,than he will as an assistant coach. As for now it won't make that much sense to many,but as the season progresses,u'll get it. Welcome back Didier...
nelyvanile
Dwonder: People forget that 19 year old Origi who plays for Lille in the French League and only scored 6 Goals in 30 appearances last season Benched Lukaku Twice in the knockout stages of the WC. Lukaku was not coming into the WC like Costa who was having problems with injuries since the CL final.
StamfordDLion
Good Post there nely
StamfordDLion
(Lukaku is 100 times better than a 36 yr old Drogba.) Oh Okay
StamfordDLion
my eyes hurt from all the boldness
FS
That being said, I am all for Drogba coming back since I understand he won't play a lot and won't stand in anyone's (read: Lukaku's ) way of development. On the contrary, he just might inspire the kid and teach him a bunch of things as well. Reading now, I agree with what nelyvanile wrote.
FS
Be calm guys, I can remember at some point we had about 5 strikers in the team, (Drogba, Torres, Sturidge, Anelka and Kalou) and they all played with much understanding. I want to ask a question, do you all suggest we don't buy Costa and go into the season with Lukaku, Torres and Ba? because from all indications Lukaku doesn't want to sit on the bench. Someone said Mourinho's comments about Drogba smacks desperation to win... wow, are you suggesting Mou shouldn't do everything so we can win trophies? call it desperation but it is for the good of the club, if we go next season without a trophy many will still condemn him for not doing enough. At this point the team doesnt need any one to cause any kind of upset in the dressing room, if lukaku will complain about playing time the whole of next season then he shouldnt be here, he knew we had Drogba, Torres, Sturidge and Kalou before he signed so I don't expect him to complain about having strikers ahead of him since he knows the situation before coming. I am not trying to condemn Lukaku but I want the best for the team not someone that will keep dragging us to the press and complaining for lack of playing time.
cfctoruletheworld
Rumoured that Falcao could be availanle on loan with view to permanent signing
Blue_Mel
You may not be concerned, but you are polluting every article with your Lukaku obsession. This is sickening. Talk your talk and quotes elsewhere.
KAKUfrank
Great post nelson and what's up.
KAKUfrank
Manchester United can boast of 4 strikers in their team( RVP, Rooney, Welbeck, Chicharito), Man City can also boast of 4 striker in their team ( Aguero, Negredo, Dzeko and Jovetic), Liverpool has Sturidge, Lambert, Borini and still looking to buy players like Origi. So what is wrong in having 4 strikers except you re suggesting that we remain like Arsenal and Tottenham who lack strikers, we all know how that ends for them last season.
cfctoruletheworld
Cheers! Stamford and FS. Hey Kaku,been alright mate,been away for the longest,good to be back,and good to see you on here as well.
nelyvanile
When Chelsea had Drogba, Torres, Sturridge, Anelka and Kalou playing, Anelka, Kalou and Sturridge were used primarily as wide men. If Drogba didn't play, only then would Torres/Anelka play. Our wide forwards then were Sturridge, Kalou, Malouda and Anelka. Unlike now, we have Hazard, Schurrle, Willian, and Salah as wide men plus potentially 4 strikers (Drogba, Torres, Costa and Lukaku) as the strikers.
KAKUfrank
Kaku: Polluting every article? It depends on Perspective. It seems like you are Obsessed with me. (This is sickening. Talk your talk and quotes elsewhere.) Banish me if you own VC and this thread, Kaku. I haven't used abusive language, derogatory terms and resorted to name calling. I have compared Lukaku with other players using Stats and Facts. I have criticised Lukaku with Stats and Facts. You are trailing me as if you are Lukaku's dad and can't stand someone criticising him. In every thread, you are the one who is always calling me out. Let me express myself. I won't stop you from expressing your thoughts. Neither will I resort to name calling like cockroaches or mosquitos. Chuckles.
StamfordDLion
King Drog returns!!!! Not what I had in mind but hopefully Torres is out.
ACLamp
Slion Lol @ Origi reference. Lukaku had more impact than that ***** plus Wilmots is a bellend. By your logic a poor WC makes a ***** player. Want to show Eden Hazard the door? Would you show Ronaldo the door since he couldn't do what Messi did?
ACLamp
Manchester United typically play a 4-4-2 formation with 2 strikers upfront so it is ok to have another 2 on the bench. Besides, Wayne Rooney plays as a number 10 behind the striker so it is really 3 pure out and out strikers and usually Welbeck is played out wide. In terms of attackers, United squad last season was Januzaj, Valencia, Nani, Mata, RVP, Rooney, Welbeck, Chicharito and Ashley Young (9 attackers). Man City's attackers last season were Aguero, Jovetic, Negredo, Dzeko, Silva, Nasri, Milner, Yaya, and Navas (9 players). Chelsea attackers will be Drogba, Torres, Lukaku, Costa, Oscar, Fabregas, Salah, Schurrle, Hazard, and Willian (10 attackers). Also recall, Man City usually played Aguero and Negredo together or Aguero and Dzeko together in a lot of games with Yaya on the side of Fernandinho. Chelsea don't play Costa and another striker (Torres, Lukaku and Drogba) together. That will be too many wingers wasted!!!!!!!!!
KAKUfrank
@Kaku but we still had 4 players 5 players who could play as a striker and none complained about being used out of position, Torres, Drogba and Anelka were all capable of being the league's highest goal scorer and they all get along well. the 4 strikers you listed for next season were not as good as those 3 i mentioned as being capable of being highest goal scorer. Costa is new to the league, There is no guarantee that Lukaku can score 25 goals in a chelsea team that will mostly face packed bus teams, Torres is always Torres and Drogba is not the Drogba of old. Having the 4 of them will only put Chelsea in a good postion incase of injury and bad form, so I support the signing of Drogba if it happens
cfctoruletheworld
ACLamp: Dwonder started the Origi reference. I just added. Wilmots is the highest scoring Belgian player ever in the WC.
StamfordDLion
“You know Chelsea, every year they buy a new top striker - But no problem. Many clubs are interested in me. At this stage, I have to look to myself. I have to play a good World Cup. That’s very interesting for all the players looking for a transfer"
StamfordDLion
^^^ Don't blame me. Blame Lukaku himself for putting pressure on himself.
StamfordDLion
That has to do with tactics, we have had Torres, Ba and Eto on the pitch with shurlle in a match where we needs goals and most of the games we end up using 2 strikers where we sub Eto for torres or vice versa
cfctoruletheworld
What has Wilmots goals scoring tally got to do with his coaching ability? He isn't a mastermind.
ACLamp
And dont compare our 4 strikers with that of Man u and Man city, Drogba wont be expecting to play 20 games, Torres will surely not mind being on the bench most of the time. Aguero and Jovetic were out injured most of last season and negredo lost form but yet they were champion just because they had good back up in Dzeko
cfctoruletheworld
@cfctoruletheworld, you are making my point as to why Man City have 4 strikers and we don't. Aguero and Jovetic are injury prone, hence they will always be minutes for Negredo and Dzeko to play so they will always be happy. In Chelsea's case, that is not it. The only reason Sturridge left was lack of minutes with Drogba and Torres in front of him and he wasn't happy playing out wide. The only reason we were able to play Drogba, Kalou and Anelka was because even though they weren't playing CF position they were playing out wide so they were kept happy with the minutes they got amongst others......3 healthy strikers in one team is never ideal as one player will always be looking to leave every transfer window. We had 3 healthy strikers last season and none got enough minutes.......Hence Demba is leaving while Eto is leaving due to other reasons. The ideal situation is two pure out and out strikers with one player who is a bit part player or another player who will be happy coming from the bench. All I am saying is if Drogba arrives, we need to move one striker out. We don't play a 2 striker formation to accommodate 4 strikers nor are the strikers flexible enough to have one play as a supporting like Rooney. That could also mean Oscar and Fabregas on the bench if Mourinho fields Ramires and Matic in midfield.
KAKUfrank
I don't know, I really don't see the need to bring back DD. Well, maybe as a coach...
Latunvic
You guys should not worry too much. To those that wants drogba to be back, dnt worry, he ll be back soon. To those dat want lukaku to stay, dnt worry, he ll stay...... If you want torres to stay, well i cant help you.lol
Demmyblues
@seanwillex Lulu will learn the ways of The Great DD & become as charamatic as The Great DD - Win Win for all partys - One thing this article failed to mention was how Jose was expecting Supa Frank Lampard to return to the Club in a couple seasons to join the Back Room staff.
robdog
Kaku, no one knows if there will be injury and it is better to prepare, Eto was playing well before he had injuries and we were forced to use out of form Torres and average Ba. I am not wishing for injuries but what if Costa develop his injury and we only have Torres and Lukaku, Torres with bad form, Lukaku cant bear such responsibility alone. what are we going to do then?
cfctoruletheworld
@cfctoruletheworld, an average Demba Ba still came through for us - score against PSG, Liverpool and Torres as bad as he is still scored against Atletico Madrid. "Lukaku, Torres with bad form, Lukaku cant bear such responsibility alone. what are we going to do then?" Drogba can also be in bad form or be injured so it would end up being a disaster in terms of financial resources, out puts and on field performance. Whatever the case is, we can't use "ifs ifs ifs" you will end up with unlimited players for the striking position. All we need from our strikers is to average 30 goals together which comes out to 1 in 2 games. If we do that and we have a strong defense, we will win trophies. Honestly speaking, Costa, Lukaku and Drogba should be able to deliver that. Really don't know about Torres since he averages about 5-6 goals in about 36 premiership appearances. He is the worst statistically of all our strikers.
KAKUfrank
You can't just compare torres and lukaku total goals because torres played in Europe while lukaku didn't...talking about the league stats torres scored 5 league goals last season and 8 League goals the season before as first choice striker while lukaku scored 15 league goals last season and 17 league goals last 2 seasons...I am sure and so certain that lukaku will score more than 8 league goals (the highest torres has in a chelsea shirt in a particular season)for chelsea if he is to stay as second choice next season...it's not about being bias,there is no need hating on a player because you claim he talks too much,even cech claimed yesterday that he won't sit on the bench,no player wants to sit on the bench then why hate lukaku?? lukaku is a better bet than torres and will be a better back up for costa than torres will...lukaku is the future,all he needs to do is keep working hard and I am sure he will benefit from drogba being around..really? We should consider bony who scored 16 goals in 34 league games and sell lukaku who scored 15 goals in 31games? Really?
Hazard11
Having four strikers in a team that plays with just 1 striker doesnt make sense..3 is okay
Hazard11
Having four strikers in a team that plays with just 1 striker doesnt make sense..3 is okay
Hazard11
@Magic_quill, you are clearly not smart at all or have an iota of sense. Please refrain from referring to me or my posts. I can engage in stooping to your level of reasoning. A bucket of waste
KAKUfrank
I cannot*******
KAKUfrank
Am sure you ve heard. King drogba is back! Pls chase torres away drog. Will you do that for me??? Pls
Demmyblues
Remember DD returns as a player coach. Welcome Back Drogba»»» Unlike old man Eto'o, TORRES will move on
mikacfc
Remember DD returns as a player coach. Welcome Back Drogba»»» & he's here to stay unlike the old man
mikacfc
Jose needed another striker he has faith in. He has two - Costa and Drogba. Torres has been an abject failure at Chelsea. There is no reasonable debate on this point. Lukaku is talented but is mentally fragile. He is not a Mourinho type player, which is evident from his loan deal last year. I anticipate that Drogba will be in front of both Lukaku and Torres (if they stay) and behind Costa. Which makes sense.
Drogstark
Thank you all for attending. I now dismiss this meeting officially. See you in the next Drogba/Lukaku thread.
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