It won’t be as heart-breaking this time around but many a Chelsea fan will still feel an overwhelming sadness when Didier Drogba either hangs up his boots or decides to leave the west London club this summer.
The Ivory Coast legend’s seven goals – including four in the Premier League and one in the Capital One Cup – have been vital in ensuring the Blues’ two trophies this season. But when depended upon for extended periods in the injury absences of Loic Remy and Diego Costa, the 37 year-old has really struggled.
Jose Mourinho wants to make the striker a member of his coaching staff, but Drogba appears determined to continue his playing career for as long as possible.
Either way, Chelsea will need to sign a replacement for their back-up forward this summer. But how do you fill the void of player once voted the greatest in Chelsea history?
Fear not Blues fans, for This Is Futbol is here to help. Using our god-given powers of transfer know-how, we’ve listed no less than ELEVEN front-men who could fill Drogba’s void – ranging from bosman bargains to the outrageously overpriced, home-grown prodigies to continental veterans and everything in between.