Chelsea striker Didier Drogba rolled back the years with a clinical header against Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend, with his opening goal in the 1-1 draw further proof that Blues boss Jose Mourinho's transfer dealings over the last two windows have been nothing short of sensational.
Drogba stepped up for Mourinho when he was needed most, with Diego Costa and Loic Remy both ruled out to leave the Blues threadbare in attack ahead of a pivotal Premier League showdown.
Small doses of star quality
The 36-year-old's workload was never likely to be too intense this season, but with just one major contribution he's already shown Mourinho was right to offload Fernando Torres and use a living Chelsea legend as experienced back-up under emergency circumstances.
Big-game experience that Chelsea still need
Mourinho's move to bring back Drogba certainly raised eyebrows in some circles, was he too far past his prime to make an impact or was the move geared towards a future coaching role?
Nobody questioned that it was probably time for Torres to move on in search of a fresh challenge, but if Costa's recent struggles with injury continued did Drogba still have the legs to lead the line in a lone strike role?
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Drogba delivers emphatic answer
Those doubts were set aside in stunning fashion by Drogba on Sunday afternoon, albeit thanks to a spot of absolutely horrific marking from Louis van Gaal's side.
How Rafael ended up marking the 6'1'' powerhouse is a question Van Gaal must grapple with this week, but Drogba has always been a master at maximising his opportunities in big matches and took full advantage with a well-placed header that caught Robin van Persie out at the near post.
There's no question that Costa remains Chelsea's main man this season
There's no question that Costa remains Chelsea's main man this season, but as an impact substitute Drogba can still be the battering ram the Blues need to make the difference in important games, particularly when a workload of three matches a week takes its toll during the second half of the season.
Mourinho's men deserve to be red-hot title favourites
Luring Drogba back to Stamford Bridge may have been Mourinho's cheapest move in a summer which saw Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois all rock up in West London, but combine those deals with the business that saw Nemanja Matic signed and Juan Mata shipped out and it's clear the Chelsea boss is in complete control of his domain.
Drogba though he'd finished his Blues career lifting silverware during his first spell in charge, don't be surprised if the long goodbye finishes with Chelsea winning a trophy or too once again next May.
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