Didier Drogba is beginning to hit fine form for Chelsea after netting again for the Blues in their 2-1 win over Shrewsbury making it his third goal in three games for the club since he came on as a substitute for Loic Remy who picked a groin injury in the champions league match against NK Maribor.
There were fears in many quarters how Chelsea are going to cope when it emerged that first choice strikers Diego Costa and Loic Remy would be sidelined for a lengthy time, but Drogba have quelled those fears by making sure he gets the needed goals for the club to thrive without Costa and Remy. His performances might not have matched the younger Drogba’s but he has done a decent job for the club.
With Drogba’s recent display for the club, many are now requesting Diego Costa should be given well enough time to recover from his injury knowing full well that Drogba can stand in for the Spaniard while he get his injury woes is sorted out once and for all. Chelsea’s super striker has had his fine early season scoring form hampered by a series of hamstring injuries. The striker has struggled with his hamstring since making his £32m move to Chelsea from La Liga champion Athletico Madrid.
The player is currently sidelined for three weeks after returning from international duty with Spain nursing the same injury. He already missed the game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, the Maribor game at Stamford Bridge, Manchester United match as well as the Capital One Cup game against Shrewsbury.
It emerged earlier this week that the 26-year-old will need to undergo surgery to get his hamstring niggles sorted and could be out for six week if the surgery takes place.
Though the surgery is not seen as immediate and there are reports the club could delay the surgery till the summer so that Costa could take part in most club’s games. This, I think is not the best for both player and club. There is no point managing a player through injury when the player can go for surgery and be up and running for the club in six weeks.
More so, Chelsea have adequate cover for Costa in Remy and Drogba. Though Remy is currently injured but he is expected to be back in less than a week from now. Drogba too has shown that he is still capable of leading the line for the club. Chelsea simply have a decent option in Drogba and should give Costa time to sort his injury problems. Hamstring injuries are injuries that require time as a natural healing process.
When Loic Remy do make his return he will give Chelsea a greater option and will help ease the burden off Drogba’s shoulder. There is no point therefore, rushing Diego Costa back as the club is relatively faring well without him thanks to Didier Drogba who has stepped up his game despite he himself not being fully fit.
Costa will return after his surgery a fitter player and putting his injury woes behind him, can help the club title push through the Christmas hectic period into the run-ins of the season. Chelsea have already played most of the top teams in the league and can take on upcoming opponents with relative ease while Costa goes for surgery and makes his return.