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Why would Chelsea want to re-sign Didier Drogba?


Is a Chelsea legend set to return to Stamford Bridge?

According to rumors PST’s Nick Mendola rounded up on Sunday , Didier Drogba is close to signing a one-year deal at Chelsea.

Drogba, 36, left Galatasaray at the end of last season and has been without a club since returning from the World Cup with the Ivory Coast.

Ask yourself this question: is returning to the club where you had unheralded success and are deemed as a legend and a hero really a good idea for a swansong?

It’s a tricky one.

At the moment Chelsea have Diego Costa as their main man up top, while Romelu Lukaku is still theirs but is almost certain to go out on loan once again this season. As for last seasons attackers, both Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba have moved on and only Fernando Torres is left to battle it out with Costa. So, Chelsea does lack depth in the center forwards role.

Drogba last played for Chelsea in 2012. His final kick in a Chelsea shirt was the winning penalty kick in the UEFA Champions League final victory against Bayern Munich to seal the Blues’ first-ever European Cup. Yeah, it doesn’t get much better than that. During his first spell with the West London side Drogba won that UCL crown, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and countless individual accolades.

Drogba also scored 157 goals in 341 games for Chelsea, so there’s that…

We know Blues boss Jose Mourinho loves Drogba and vice versa, see these quotes from when Chelsea met Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League last season, and many thought the Ivorian striker would return to Stamford Bridge as part of Mourinho’s backroom staff one day. But as a player?

He would be relatively cheap, be a good option off the bench for the Blues and get to integrate himself back into the Chelsea squad before potentially becoming a coach for the Premier League outfit. However with the Blues offloading Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard this summer due to concerns over their age, is offering a blast from the past a one-year deal really what Mourinho wants to do after he repeatedly referred to his squad as ‘the kids’ last season? It would certainly be against what he seems to be building at Chelsea, however with John Terry on board and Drogba potentially returning there would be two model professionals to learn from.

Chelsea could certainly do a lot worse than getting Drogba back on board to add some depth to their stable of forwards, plus helping their talented young attackers develop.

“Overweight” Costa comes to Mourinho’s defense

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Diego Costa says he and his Chelsea teammates are to blame for Chelsea’s horrid start to the 2015-16 Premier League season.

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Speaking Thursday, during a bit of downtime over the current international break (Costa was left out of Vicente del Bosque’s squad for Spain’s final two EURO 2016 qualifiers this week), Costa placed the majority of blame at the feet of the entire team, but went on to most harshly critique himself for coming into the season unfocused and “overweight.”

Costa, on his lack of fitness and form to begin the season — quotes from the Guardian:

“We know we’re not in the form we were supposed to be at the beginning of the season. We need to blame the players because we came back from holiday very confident, thinking we could go back into how it was last season, and then realized the team was already in a bad situation.

“I’m going to be very honest: maybe a few weeks ago, five or six weeks ago, I was not on top of my game. At least physically. We talk within the players and we know that, maybe at the beginning, we were not 100 percent as we were supposed to be when we got here. I got injured at the end of last season and then I went on holiday. Maybe I got out of my diet and, when I came back, I was not the way I was supposed to be. I was a little bit overweight. That affected my game. You can be selfish and blame it on the manager but I’m not going to do that. I’m responsible 100%, and so are the other guys.

Given that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Thursday he doesn’t quite know what’s wrong with the defending Premier League champions, hearing someone — anyone — speak up and explain the club’s worst start to a season in 37 years will surely be a welcome sound to any Blues supporter’s ears.

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Costa, who is eligible to return from suspension next weekend when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge, has scored just one goal in league play this season (six appearances) after scoring 20 in 26 games last season.

Sam Allardyce to open talks with Sunderland

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Now that Liverpool have selected and named their new manager, it appears Sunderland are finally ready to move forward with their own managerial search. (That’s clearly a joke, because it implies Liverpool and Sunderland ever duke it out for the same managerial candidate.)

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Anyway, the Black Cats will have to hire someone to replace the recently-departed Dick Advocaat at some point. We all knew that, despite the fact he’s probably earned a shot at that level, Bob Bradley was never really going to be considered for the job. With that in mind, if you’re not going to endear yourself to the entire United States of America with this hire, you might as well go for the best unemployed manager who’ll actually consider your approach.

That’s what Sunderland chairman Ellis Short appears to have done, as it was reported Thursday that despite an initial reluctance from Sam Allardyce — let’s be honest, he actually was holding out hope for the Liverpool job — the 60-year-old most recently in charge of West Ham United was willing and ready to enter into negotiations with the northeastern club.

One of the major sticking points during Sunderland’s courting of Allardyce is expected to be his demand for autonomy in the transfer market as well as a sizable transfer budget to sign his own players during the January window.

[ MORE: Advocaat: Sunderland squad too thin, chairman to blame ]

Allardyce seems like the no. 1 guy you’d like to bring in to steady a capsized ship — cough Sunderland cough — in any situation. Not only does he have a successful track record in the Premier League, but he’s the kind of no-nonsense leader a club like Sunderland so desperately needs as they find themselves in yet another relegation battle just eight games into the new season.

Short hopes to have Allardyce signed, sealed and delivered when the Premier League returns to action next weekend. In that event, Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland would be a trip to West Bromwich Albion. His first home fixture? Home to Tyne-Wear derby rivals Newcastle United, a club whose boisterous fanbase still holds a great deal of disdain for Big Sam. Sometimes the football gods really are looking out for us.