Just how important is Didier Drogba to Chelsea FC?!
As everyone on this site knows, I have a lot of time for Didier Drogba. For me he has so many good qualities and latent potential given his combination of high quality athleticism, power, passion, shooting ability and prowess in the air. When he was at Marseille I hoped that he would join Arsenal - seeing him as a great option partner for Henry and someone that Wenger should admire given his obvious potential.
Of course, this was not meant to be and instead it was Jose Mourinho who - in one of his first signings as Chelsea manager - selected him to be the striker he wanted leading his team. Although he was slow to win over football supporters with regard to his qualities as a striker I don’t think anyone can now doubt that in his third season at Chelsea he is proving that his worth and quality is very high. Indeed, with Crespo and Gudjohnsen gone and Shevchenko and Kalou nowhere near setting the high standards required of forwards in a title-chasing team, the importance of Didier Drogba consistently exploding his potential this season is even more significant.
His winning goal today at Everton was stunning: chest-controlling the ball and in the same movement swivelling and clean-striking a thirty yard dipping volley over Tim Howard. The technique was reminiscent of his winning goal against Liverpool earlier this season and I don’t believe many can have been surprised by the quality of Drogba's goal given his general quality of play this season which includes ten Premiership goals and two decisive Champs League goals home and away against Barcelona.
Drogba's goal completed a significant come-back over Everton when with ten minutes to go it looked likely that Chelsea would end the day a challenging eight points behind Man Utd. Instead, the gap is now just two points given Man Utd's later loss at West Ham… which underlines just what an important strike it was from the Ivorian and just how important a player he is truly turning out to be to Chelsea FC.