Are Drogba and Essien on their way out?
Two of my favorite blues are Didier Drogba and Michael Essien. They first caught my attention at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, playing for Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana respectively. The fact that they both played for Chelsea FC was a primary reason I became such an avid Chelsea fan in the first place. So the rumors that either or both of them could be sent to another club are disappointing to say the least.
I get it, soccer is obviously a business and difficult personnel decisions have to be made from time to time. Unfortunately, players have a finite shelf life and clubs have to be strategic about when to transfer them. Clubs can’t afford to be as sentimental toward players as fans are.
I know this is tainted with sentiment, but I really don’t think it’s time to let go of Drogba or Essien. Both underperformed last season, but Drogba in particular surged in the last month or so (maybe it was the competition for his spot with Torres). They’ve both got plenty of good soccer left in them, even if Drogba’s is more of a substitute role next season. According to a report today, Essien’s agent says Essien is not leaving Chelsea. Hope that’s true! As for Drogba, his former club Marseille seem pretty interested…
Which Chelsea squad members would you transfer, if any?