Chelsea hero Ray Wilkins does not believe that Romelu Lukaku has the credentials to fill the void left by Blues legend Didier Drogba.
The Premier League holders are on the search for a new marksman this summer with Diego Costa likely to be shown the exit door.Costa, 28, had earned comparisons to Drogba due to his physique and sharp shooting skills, but his time at Stamford Bridge looks to be over after manager Antonio Conte sent him a series of text messages to suggest that he has no future in west London.
With Costa likely to depart, Lukaku has emerged as a potential option to bolster the striking department with Conte being a huge admirer of the player’s talents. Lukaku was the second-highest scorer in the Premier League with 25 goals, and he is now eyeing a new club, where he would have the opportunity of clinching some silverware. Continue reading “Ray Wilkins Doubts if Romelu Lukaku can replicate Didier Drogba at Chelsea”
Liverpool recently broke their record to sign Mohammed Salah from AS Roma for £39 million.
The Egyptian’s deal becomes one of the most expensive for an African in football history. The deal would likely break through the £40 million barrier when performance-related bonuses are added. Roma say they received £36.9 million in initial fee but more would come in with time. This figure could reach around £5-7 million – making Salah undoubtedly the most expensive African player in history.
Salah’s deal surpasses that of Sadio Mane, who moved from Saint Mary to Anfield for £34 million last summer. Mane has been impressive for the Reds, so many would be hoping that Salah can replicate or exceed such.
Eric Bailly’s move to Old Trafford cost £30 million as Jose Mourinho wanted the Ivory Coast international last summer. He is the third most expensive soccer star.
Leicester City’s Islam Slimani and Wilfried Bony are joint fourth for £28 million. Man City paid that much for the Ivorian but he failed to match expectations and had to leave the Etihad. Slimani only joined recently. Continue reading “TOP TEN AFRICAN FOOTBALL TRANSFER COSTS”
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has named his Chelsea compatriot Didier Drogba as one of the best strikers in the Premier League history.
Drogba is widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers in the history of the club, while this is especially true when it comes to the whole Premier league, according toWright. Drogba came to Chelsea in the summer of 2004 as an unpolished diamond. However, he was transformed into one of the best strikers in the world by Jose Mourinho. In the period between 2005 and 2007, Drogba was simply unplayable in every game.
Later, Drogba developed the knack of scoring goals in key games. During his time in the Chelsea, he scored in several finals and semifinals – most notably in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.Wright says that Drogba may not possess the all-time scoring record in the Premier League, but he is not short of being considered as one of the best ever. Continue reading “Ian Wright Claims This Chelsea Forward as the Best Ever”
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has been a major factor behind the club once again challenging for the league title. The blues are the overwhelming favourites to win the Premier League this season after opening at a 10 point advantage over second placed Tottenham.
N’Golo Kante was one of the major signings for Chelsea in the summer. The blues spent £ 30 million in acquiring the French midfielder from Leicester City. Manager Antonio Conte has then been able to work with the existing crop of players, which included the likes of Victor Moses. All players have contributed immensely towards Chelsea’s ascend back to the top of the table. Continue reading “Kante Reveals Drogba Inspiration”
N’Golo Kante says that he has always looked up to Didier Drogba as an example to believe that no matter where one starts from, it is still possible to reach the pinnacle.
Like Drogba, Kante is also not someone who is not the product of the academy of a big club. His boyhood days were spent at Boulogne, a club which hardly anyone would have heard about outside France.
But, today he is donning the shirt of one of the biggest clubs in UK and is on his way to become the Premiership Champion for the second time on the trot and that is a tribute to his will power and belief.
Speaking recently, the Frenchman, who is a nightmare to deal with in the middle of the pitch for the opposition, said, “As a teenager coming through the ranks, you hear a lot of stories about the great personalities in your profession and you always tend to follow those whose story is a little bit like you.” Continue reading “N’Golo Kante says he was compared with Didier Drogba”
Gary Cahill reckons that Diego Costa is finally emerging as the replacement for Didier Drogba, who is regarded as one of the best strikers in the history of the club. Drogba took just over 110 games in order to reach a tally of 50 goals for Chelsea. Throughout his eight years with the club, the striker scored well over 150 goals but it took him more than 300 games in order to reach this figure. Costa is fast emerging as an even better goal scorer, as he has taken just 90-odd games in order to reach the 50 goal mark.
The Spaniard scored in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace during the weekend to take his league tally to 13 goals. He is now the top scorer in the division, and his goals were a major factor in the club winning the league title during the 2014-15 season. Cahill played alongside Drogba for a year or two before the striker left the club in his first spell. He watched the striker scored numerous goals, especially in the finals or semifinals, to help Chelsea win numerous honours. Cahill says that the presence of an influential forward is extremely vital for a team to function at the top level.
Costa has been so good that £33 million summer signing Michy Batshuayi has been unable to make even a single league start. “Didier was a huge figure goal-scoring wise and also with his personality on and off the pitch. You need strikers like that and Diego has fitted in nicely. Since he’s been at the club he’s scored goals but this season he’s on fire. Are the fans starting to love him like they loved Didier? Yes, of course, because he is banging goals in every week. He is winning us matches,” said the Chelsea defender after the win against Crystal Palace.