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Who should replace Didier Drogba if he leaves Chelsea?

Wantaway striker wants away yet again

Didier Drogba

For about the thousandth time in his Chelsea career, Didier Drogba has shown a desire to jump ship after being spotted in a restaurant with his agent, an Inter director and Jose Mourinho’s agent. However, for perhaps the first time, the Ivory Coast striker is no longer indispensible. Chelsea are top of the Premier League and the division’s top-scorers while Nicolas Anelka has managed eleven goals in twelve league starts. So if the Blues do finally decide to get shot of the striker, who should they bring in to replace him? Here are a few of the names that have been mentioned so far:

Adriano
The Brazilian striker was a surprise inclusion for Inter Milan in the starting line-up against Juventus, where he helped create the winning goal. There are big question marks over his attitude but former Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi has tipped him to move to Stamford Bridge, saying: ”Roman Abramovich has always liked him and I wouldn’t be surprised if Chelsea came knocking on Massimo Moratti’s door soon.”

Mario Balotelli
The 18-year-old is another Inter Milan striker who is linked with a move to Chelsea in a part-exchange deal for Drogba. Scolari is reportedly impressed by the youngster but it would be seen as a big gamble to replace Drogba with someone so inexperienced.

Lukas Podolski
The Bayern Munich striker has handed in a transfer request and although boss Jurgen Klinsmann says he is going nowhere, the German champions would find it hard to resist a big offer from Chelsea. An international record of 31 goals in 60 games shows he is a capable goalscorer but his inability to break into the Bayern team ahead of Luca Toni and Miroslav Klose raises a question mark.

Kenwyne Jones
Tony Cascarino put forward the Sunderland striker’s name on talkSPORT this morning and he has already won over John Terry, who said last season: “Jones was fantastic and I have played against him twice now. He is a very good player, very hard working and probably the best in the air in the entire Premier League, he really is that good.” Jones has been compared to Drogba by many, including former manager George Burley, but with only eight Premier League goals to his name, there are doubts over whether he is clinical enough.

Do you think any of these players are capable of replacing Didier Drogba at Chelsea? Is there someone else you think Peter Kenyon should be sent halfway across the world to sign? Let us know with a comment below.


2 responses so far
  • Nicko // November 26, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Higuain

  • Luis // November 26, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Fabiano maybe?

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