Didier Drogba, the Chelsea legend who was the victim of some harsh criticism for his performances last season has made the move to one of the world’s most growing leagues, linking up with Montreal Impact. He appears to have settled in fantastically at his new club, after just one start. On his first start, the new man netted a hat-trick and won his side the game in what was dubbed a ‘play-off six pointer.’ As you probably well know, Drogba isn’t the first striker to make the move across the Atlantic, the likes of Robbie Keane, Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey have traded the Premier League for the MLS and have found fantastic form.
The powerful forward won’t need to adapt his game too much as his team-mates can quite easily pick him out in the box, whether it be in the air or on the floor. His quality is superior to the majority of the opponents he will face, bearing in mind that he is used to facing Premier League defences, most at the very top level. He is a player very happy to take on any opposing defender in a one-on-one, whether it be in the air, for strength or with skill and his attacking positioning is superb. Due to his style of play, he should have no trouble fitting into the league and after his fantastic start it will be even easier for him to settle.
His arrival will most likely prompt more critics to brand the MLS a ‘retirement league’, however I think that players like Drogba are fantastic additions to a league which showcases both young, home-grown talents and legends. Whilst obviously, it’s too early to judge how Drogba’s form will be; his performance on his first start shows that he still has quality in abundance. In time, I think that he will become one of the most prolific strikers in the MLS currently, but with the likes of Robbie Keane and Obafemi Martins for competition, it will be a tough ask.
Only time will tell whether he is capable of securing legend status overseas as he has done in the UK.