Friday January 11 2013
Juventus need deadly Drogba

As reports gather pace that Didier Drogba would be willing to return to Europe this month, Dave Taylor urges Juventus to snap up the former Chelsea ace.

When Giovanni Trapattoni, Italy’s most successful Coach, insists that Didier Drogba is perfect for Juventus then you have to sit up and take note. After winning every European and domestic trophy, including six Serie A titles with the Old Lady, his opinion cannot be ignored.

“Drogba would be ideal for Juve,” he emphasised. “He’d be perfect as he’d even be able to play in the Champions League. He has class, experience and alongside Mirko Vucinic would form a formidable strike partnership, good enough to mount a challenge in Europe.”

Under normal circumstances the signing of anyone – especially in the January transfer window – is a risk, but the Ivorian assassin certainly brings more to the table than he takes away. In a crucial match when you need a goal, there are few more capable than the Drog. He brings big game experience, power and a predatory style of football not seen with Juve since the exit of David Trezeguet.

Like a Gianluca Vialli, he can also be the first line of defence and a battering ram of a forward, who has defenders quaking in their boots before kick-off. For such a big man he also possesses an excellent technique and has countless wonderful goals behind him to prove it.

Last season there was a notable absence of goals scored by Juve’s front men. Yet this may not have been due to the strikers themselves, but with the support they were given and the roles they were allocated.

If Drogba does arrive and used as he should be, Juve may strategically evolve into a team at its ultimate technical and tactical potential. Imagine Drogba being fed by Juve’s clever hard-running wing-backs Stephan Lichtsteiner and Kwadwo Asamoah. They will offer him that extra critical metre of space, that vital split second of time that is all a top class striker needs to get into place and finish.

In Europe, at the moment, there is absolutely no-one with Drogba’s experience and quality that is eligible to play in the Champions League. Equally importantly he will be one of the very few in the Juve team with Champions League experience.

Juve made a mistake in buying Nicklas Bendtner and he has been either injured or simply poor. Of course Drogba will be a lot more expensive than the Dane, but you have to speculate to accumulate. His wage demands will be offset by the fact that there may be no transfer fee – or a nominal one. He would have to accept a drop in what he reportedly earns in the Chinese Super League, but any deficit will be made up with a massive bonus for either winning the Champions League outright or maybe even just reaching the finale. Factor in too the sponsorship that winning with Drogba will attract.

Some fans and critics think he is too old and feel Juve should be building for the future, but the Bianconeri want someone now to take them to the next level on the European stage. They have Fernando Llorente this summer for the future. Yet even so, at 34, Drogba’s age is almost immaterial with the modern fitness regimes around and he has kept in good shape and is a natural athlete.

Let’s not forget it was only last May that he was running riot against Barcelona, scoring the winning goal that helped put Chelsea into the Champions League Final. In the Final it was his penalty that beat Bayern Munich as Chelsea won the Cup. Since then he has been playing in China with Shanghai Shenhua, scoring eight goals in 11 games. He has been keeping fit by training with his former club Chelsea before this month’s African Cup of Nations.

Of course it’s easy to bring up the negatives, but don’t think that Beppe Marotta hasn’t thought this through. Of course the African Cup of Nations is a problem, but he will be back in time for any Champions League games unless the Ivory Coast make the Final. And if they do he will be returning bursting with enthusiasm and super-fit.

He is exactly what Juve need now, not tomorrow, but for today, for this season’s Champions League. It’s a gamble that is worth taking when one considers the rewards on offer. 

To read the counter piece to this blog, on why Juve should not sign Drogba, please click here.

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Have your say...
I agree with everyone. Drogba is a quick fix for this season & CL. We need to stop buying trash and thinking they will smell like roses. We go out and buy all these so called quality Strikers only to find out they're crap. Take your time Marotta & do the right thing, hai capito?
on the 14th January, 2013 at 5:51am
Dave you need to walk across the way and have a chat with Antonio. You two are at complete different ends of the spectrum here. I agree with you though. Drogba might cost a bit, but it's negligible when you consider the amounts of money Juve have wasted over the years. He's the sort of player that will strike fear in any team that Juve face, and if he's willing to adapt and go through Conte's rotation in order to have one more kick at glory, then bring him on.
on the 13th January, 2013 at 12:50pm
Some people said that Pirlo was too old and freaking fragile, but that was before he joined and lift the trophy without any defeat. Now people talk about age to drogba, which is clearly more physically superior rather than pirlo. He's 34, YES! but surely his age is very less than his athletic natural ability impact
on the 13th January, 2013 at 5:14am
3 words "Falcao longterm solution"
on the 13th January, 2013 at 4:16am
Drogba would b handy for champ. league, only if price is right!! perfect & long term solution for Juve would b Falcao!! He is proven scorer & capable of decidin big games (see supercup & last 2 editions of da Europa league as eg.) Save ur money make a proper bid for a player who has said he wants 2 play n Italy! Llorente is only only a handy squad player @ best. Immobile & Gabbadini (Juve youth products) worth explorin as potential low cost alternatives.
on the 13th January, 2013 at 4:12am
Give Matri a chance....and bring in Drogba
on the 13th January, 2013 at 1:06am
@Anonymous - thanks

@JuveFanatico - Indeed chances of bringing Cavani, Higuain, Dzeko, Benzema & Aguero are slim, only Jovetic would be eligable to play in the UCL, even Lisandro Lopez would be a great buy but only in the summer.
on the 12th January, 2013 at 3:05pm
The only team, which is in good form this season, this is Barcelona. All of the other teams have problems (Man Utd, Bayern, Real Madrid, Milan) and now is the moment to win the Champions League. Get Drogba! He will be in top 3 of the strikers in Italy in the next 18 months if he come!
on the 12th January, 2013 at 11:46am
Drogba is the right choice for juve untill this summer!!
on the 11th January, 2013 at 9:46pm
From a huge Juventus fan, I have 3 simple words to say........


He is a fantastic player with all the strength and skill to get us the champions league...I think we have never been in better shape to win the champions league for a long long time but we are missing that vital ingredient.

So once again.......

on the 11th January, 2013 at 7:52pm
@Moh couldn't have said it better. We need to bring in a player like Cavani or Falcao, if not then there's no point in settling for less.
on the 11th January, 2013 at 6:42pm

Considering that Cavani and Higuain won't come to Juve the question is where do we find a player that will deliver.

I agree with you on all the rest...

Villa, Torres, Llorente and Drogba not what we need at Juve. They might have talent and in case of Drogba he has had an amazing career but he is old and as far as the Spanish trio are concerned none would deliver in Italy.
on the 11th January, 2013 at 5:50pm
please juventus . please sign drogba . please sign a finisher .
on the 11th January, 2013 at 5:12pm
No Juve don't need Drogba or the over rated Spanish trio of Llorente, David Villa & Torres.

What Juventus need is Cavani or Higuain, PERIOD !!!
on the 11th January, 2013 at 3:07pm
i can guarantee you that Juve won't bring in Higuain or Benzima, we won't even bring Drogba if im correct.
6 Mil. in wages which if im not mistaken is what Drogba is earning currently is an impossible number for any club in Italy.

This Juve is making major mistakes on the transfer market, Bendtner and Borriello being prime examples.

Don't get me wrong we need a Drogba like player but If Marotta didn't invest when he had a chance to bring in Dzeko or Aguiero what makes you think he will now.
on the 11th January, 2013 at 2:21pm
Dave Taylor has hit the nail on the head, there is nothing i can add to that. Drogba is the man for Juventus right now if we want to win the champions league...
on the 11th January, 2013 at 12:35pm

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