When Jose Mourinho was reappointed Chelsea manager last summer he was tasked by Roman Abramovich to oversee the inception of a new philosophy that placed more emphasis on youth development as several senior stars at Stamford Bridge approached the end of their respective careers.
One year on and the Portuguese tactician is on the verge of bringing 36-year-old striker Didier Drogba back to west London, offering the Ivory Coast international a 12 month contract with a view to additional coaching responsibilities in the future.
His comeback will be celebrated by the Blues faithful given the iconic status that Drogba achieved during his previous eight-year spell at the club, which culminated in their first Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in 2012.
However, supporters should not be getting caught up in the fanfare that will ensue Drogba's 'emotional' return, because it proves that Mourinho is taking no responsibility of spearheading the shift in approach moving forward.
Transfer market tyrant
Chelsea have become renowned for being something of a tyrant in the transfer market, splashing the cash at any given opportunity, and often looking for short-term solutions to rather more long-standing problems or issues.
This summer has seen the departures of Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, while veteran custodian Petr Cech is expected to be dislodged by new kid on the block Thibaut Courtois as number one goalkeeper this season.
But, Courtois aside, Mourinho continues to revert to type and instead of bringing through other exciting young talents has relied on his trusted transfer kitty to recruit experienced players that can walk straight into the Chelsea first-team.
The acquisition of 28-year-old Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid is a typically safe option that the Blues boss has become accustomed to signing, paying significantly over the odds for the Brazilian when already possessing in Ryan Bertrand a left-back that - given the right coaching - has the potential to forge a career at the top of the game.
Cesc Fabregas is another example. The former Arsenal captain is by no means close to the end of his career, but he is 27 and cost big money to sign from Barcelona.
The Spain international will be a success at Chelsea, but is a no-risk replacement for the departed Lampard when Mourinho should've been braver and attempted to bring through one of the many up-and-coming talents that seem to be wasting away at Stamford Bridge.
Never go back
A deal for Tiago Mendes - a player that first signed for Chelsea in 2004/2005 - was also expected to be completed, only for the 33-year-old midfielder's reunion with Mourinho to be cancelled due to licensing problems.
It would've been another short-term signing that squandered an opportunity for some other young player to stake a claim for a place in the first-team.
Drogba's arrival - like Samuel Eto'o's last summer - is even more baffling when you consider Romelu Lukaku's situation. The Belgian striker has proven wherever he's played that he can cut it at the elite level, but for whatever reason he's not fancied by Mourinho, not even as a squad player in his team.
The fact that 'the Special One' would rather re-sign Drogba than try and coax the best out of Lukaku speaks volumes about his intentions moving forward and where his priorities lie.
Quite frankly, Mourinho is making a mockery of Chelsea's so-called 'new philosophy' and mugging Abramovich off, because he doesn't want to risk damaging his own reputation by being culpable for not winning anything during a proposed period of transition.
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