It’s a bit of an issue when your two main strikers only score 10 Premier League goals between them. So it seemed only right Jose looked towards the man he trusted for four seasons. The man who Chelsea fans adore. The man who brought the Blues home the Champions League trophy in 2012. The man who is now home.

After a two year absence Didier Drogba has returned to Stamford Bridge on a one year contract after spells in China and Turkey, and according to Mourinho, it’s like he never left.

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba

But whilst it is fantastic to have the Ivorian back in London, is it because a member of the family has returned, or that we actually think he could be the difference in bringing the title back to the Bridge?

The club are certainly favourites to do so. They’re 7/4 to lift the trophy for the first time since 2010, and what was lacking last season they now have in abundance – firepower. Diego Costa proved last year with 36 goals in all competitions, whilst we know that Drogba can score, but also offer a complete different style of play to the Brazilian turned Spaniard.

And it’s that why Mourinho thinks he’s a superb addition, even at 36 years of age. He said,”I think we need him as a player, we need his as a player for our squad to be the way I like because I like the squad with different qualities.”

It seems Mourinho is returning to his old ways somewhat this season. His tried and tested way of strength and power – at least as a back-up anyway, which will be sure to cause as many problems as it did back in 2004. Not least at Turf Moor where Drogba and co. kick off the new campaign.

The first Sky Sports Monday Night Football of the season will see the return of Drogba and there will be plenty of money put on the Ivorian to score first, particularly with the continual rise of in-play betting during televised games.

In a recent Q&A with Freebets.com, Coral explained how next goal scorer and final score is always popular with punters, but there will be no man hoping to get off to a scoring return than Drogba himself.

Next season is likely to be a last hurrah for the big man, and it’d be a fairytale ending for him to end his career a title winner. But with Drogba – as he proved with 14 goals last season – he won’t be just sat on the bench waiting for that fairytale to come true, he’ll be up top, winning balls, causing trouble, and doing what he does best – being a Chelsea hero.