There is reason to feel cynical or downbeat over Chelsea’s recruitment over recent years, given the £300m spent on an attack that is still struggling to click into gear under Thomas Tuchel.
The exodus of youngsters last summer looks less like a masterstroke and more a symptom of a much wider problem over squad planning.
But heading into the 2022 summer transfer window, which is set to be much busier than this month, Chelsea can take good inspiration from the past in one market that’s proved to be fruitful.
Didier Drogba arguably kicked the most important ball in Chelsea history back in 2012, immortalising himself into the club’s folklore forever after arriving from Marseille in 2004.
Drogba, signed for £34m in the summer of Jose Mourinho’s arrival, will forever go down as one of Chelsea’s greatest ever singings.
Going on to score 164 goals in 381 appearances across two spells with the club. Contributing to four Premier League titles, one Champions League, four FA Cups and three League Cups.
The Ivorian will forever be considered an icon, but gazing beyond Drogba, you see a pattern of amazing deals from France’s top tier.