Once the rose-tinted jubilation surrounding Didier Drogba’s return to Chelsea has settled down, Blues fans will have nagging thoughts that he may be a shadow of his former self to silence.
Let’s quell them by referring Stamford Bridge doubting Thomases to the history books, replete as they are, with many a tale of heroic returns that justify their accompanying fanfare.
Drogba can be backed to score over 7.5 Premier League goals for Chelsea in 2014/15 at an outsider’s 19/20 with bwin.
The three men below suggest that should be child’s play…
Tony Cottee – West Ham 1982-88 and 1994-96
Newham boy Cottee was voted PFA Young Player of the Year as the Irons finished third in the First Division during his 212-game, 93-goal first spell at the Boleyn Ground.
After enduring a frustrating spell at Everton, who he had joined on the coattails of their mid-eighties glory years, he was returned to his former owners to finance the signing of Daniel Amokachi.
Tiny Tony’s East End second coming included 23 goals in 67 league games, with the first 13 helping the Hammers stave off relegation and the last ten featuring as part of their highest top-tier finish since 1986.
Jurgen Klinsmann – Tottenham 1994-95 and 1997-98
Kilnsmann scored a blistering 20 times in 41 games as he won over hearts poisoned by his Italia ’90 England slaying and theatrical free-kick garnering antics during his first tenure at White Hart Lane.
After spells at FC Bayern Munchen and Sampdoria he returned to north London halfway through what was to be his final campaign as a footballer to save the Lilywhites from relegation with nine goals in 15 outings.
Romario – Vasco de Gama 1985-88, 2000-02, 2005-06 and 2007
Having notched 17 times in 47 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A games before his voyage to Europe set off, he returned aged 34 to hit 41 in 46 during a second period in which the Gigante da Colina won the league and Copa Mercosur.
After spells at Fluminense and Al Sadd he returned again to Vasco where, aged 39 he notched 22 times in 31 games to end the campaign as the Serie A top scorer.
Even a short-lived spell as player manager couldn’t curtail the maestro’s goal every other game gloriousness, with three strikes including his ‘1000th goal’ coming during a six-game period in 2007.