Drogba on brink of 150 Chelsea goals
30 December 2011, 14:29
London - Chelsea
striker Didier Drogba, restricted to a brief substitute appearance in
the 1-1 home draw with neighbours Fulham in the Premier League on
December 26, is looking to chalk up his 150th goal for the London club
The 33-year-old Ivory Coast international will join Stamford
Bridge greats Peter Osgood and Roy Bentley on that mark if he is on
target at home to Aston Villa.
Only Frank Lampard (178), Kerry Dixon (193) and Bobby Tambling (202) have scored more goals for Chelsea.
"I didn't consider reaching that number when I arrived here
especially when my first season didn't go very well," Drogba told the
London Evening Standard earlier this month.
"I struggled fitness-wise when I came but I made myself play
because I had to show what I could do as a new player," said the striker
who cost Chelsea 24 million pounds when he joined from Olympique
Marseille in 2004.
"Thank God the next year I was feeling much better, reduced the
injuries and that's when I started to improve and score more goals. The
fans then started to change their opinions and I was really proud of
Drogba, voted Africa's Player of the Year in 2006 and 2009, has
made 322 appearances for Chelsea, winning three Premier League titles.
Spaniard Fernando Torres was preferred in attack against Fulham
on Monday but the Ivorian is expected to return to fourth-placed
Chelsea's starting lineup against Villa.