Has anything really changed with Didier Drogba?
I mean, he started against West Brom and had put the ball in the back of the net inside 3 minutes and predictably enough was hailed as our saviour. But whilst we’ve undoubtedly missed his ability to score goals, there’s plenty about the Ivorian some of us can live without.
Take Boxing Day’s game for instance, he actually missed more than he scored and he seemed to spend more time drifting in and out of the game mentally than he spends in and out of my good books. I know it was West Brom and we might not have needed the performance of a lifetime from him, but if he could at least have looked interested after the break, it would have been appreciated. What is it? One goal in the league this season and he felt his work was done?
And what about this ‘partnership’ up front? Does Drogba really believe there’s room for anybody other than him up there? Whilst I read what he had to say about wanting to partner Anelka (whilst he knew he might have to fight for his place back), I saw little sign of him working as hard for Anelka as the Frenchman did for him against the Baggies. So is it a case of ‘you scratch my back and I’ll roll over and fall asleep’?
Whilst I’m not going to suggest for a minute that his head didn’t come in handy in both boxes against the Baggies, as it has undoubtedly done for us many times in the past, it’s where his head was at outside of those occasions against West Brom that bother me. Would he have been as effective if we’d been playing one of the top of the table sides? I hardly think so.
Finally, just to round off my rant, why does Didier Drogba suddenly seem to be made of glass? To go from an ever-present to a player who sees the pitch less than Arjen Robben has to raise questions doesn’t it? So why is he treated like Chelsea’s best crystal? He’s spent most of the season out on sick leave as it is and then against West Brom, takes a knock on the thigh and disappears down the tunnel forthwith. Just how attractive is the Chelsea physio exactly? Because Drogba clearly seems a lot more eager to spend time in the treatment room these days than he does on the pitch.
Anyway, the club insist he’s staying because he’s “the best in the business”, and on his day that isn’t in doubt. But what I can’t help wondering is: what about when it’s not on his day?