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The Pros & Cons Of a Potential Didier Drogba Signing

The good, the bad, and the stuff Beppe Marotta might have his eye on — literally and figuratively.

Michael Steele

To be honest, I expected more from the Italian media. No, seriously. This isn't a joke. I expected more from the crazy sport tabloids that fill up newsstands, the internet, and them newfangled iPads on a daily basis.

What am I talking about?

Simple answer: Juventus' new reality television show, Hunting For the Next Top Striker, has basically been slimmed down to two players — DIdier Drogba and Fernando Llorente. While a move for the latter has been pretty much thought of to be one done in the summer (even though Bilbao confirmed negotiations have already taken place), the same can't be said when it comes to the former Chelsea striker.

The Italian media has run wild with the possibility of Drogba coming to Turin and, at least for the short term, solving Juventus' search for a lethal prima punta. And while the dream would be Edinson Cavani of Stevan Jovetic, a potential Drogba signing seems like the most realistic at this point in time in the January transfer window.

Will it work? Heck, I really have no idea. But, at least like some potential recruits, I can see the logic behind it.

PRO — Drogba's a proven goal scorer in the Champions League

In almost every year Drogba was at Chelsea, he produced on the biggest of stages. That includes scoring a boatload of goals in the Champions League, even last year when he was at the age of 33. There's no reason to think he couldn't still get it done in Europe. Well, unless all of his goal-scoring skills have been sucked out of his body during his time over in China with Shanghai Shenhua.

CON — All the money of Drogba's contract will likely cost

I might be going out on a limb here, but I think money might have had something to do with why Drogba went to China to play his football in his post-Chelsea world. I'm not completely certain whether a huge wad of cash played a big role in his decision, but I'm definitely not the only person to go along with this line of thinking.

And to bring him to Turin, it would take a sizable chunk of change as well. Would it be worth it? Well, say, Juve made the Champions League final, it probably would be. But if Juventus don't get that far or Drogba stinks up the joint, then it will be looked upon as another blunder from Marotta.

PRO — Not much uncertainty as to what his role within the team will be

Drogba would be brought in to do one thing: Score goals. Then again, isn't that the job of any striker? Yeah, I think so. But for Drogba, the reasoning behind the move would be as certain as you could possibly get. Antonio Conte will likely deploy Drogba alongside either Sebastian Giovinco or Mirko Vucinic in the 3-5-2. However, I can't help but think what a three-man attack with Giovinco and Vucinic flanking Drogba would look like. It would have the right combination of creativity and goal-scoring ability in the final third. At least that's the thought. Whether it would actually happen is a completely different matter.

CON — Is Drogba really a Conte kind of player?

When you think Antonio Conte, you think grinta. And the same thing can be said about a lot of the players he has brought to Juventus since taking over as manager in summer of 2011. When thinking Didier Drogba, I think, well, falling over like he just got shot in the head after barely being touched on a tackle. At 34 years old, he won't change who he is, so either Conte will have to learn to deal with it or Drogba will be riding pine for a good portion of his would-be short career with Juventus.

PRO — If things don't work out, he won't be around for a long time

Like any transfer especially one that involves a 34-year-old who hasn't played top-flight football for the past seven months, there's always a chance of things not going as planned. The good thing about all of this talk is that the max length is said to be nothing more than a season and a half (18 months). So, if Drogba does struggle with his form — he's reportedly been working out with Chelsea during his club's offseason — or he finds himself in Conte's doghouse, then any kind of worry about him staying on with Juve for years to come just because he's making a huge chunk of cash won't be that big of a deal.

CON —It's a temporary solution that needs a long-term fix

At 34 years old, Drogba's time in Turin — if the transfer happens — won't be very long. That's not because he isn't a good player, it's just simple math. And as we know, the search for a cornerstone, world-class prima punta has been an objective Juventus have yet to fill for the last couple of summers. Marotta has tried, but has yet to deliver. And no, Nicklas Bendtner doesn't count. Sorry, guys.

PRO — We get to see this gif again and again and again


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CON — His arrival would be delayed due to AFCON

Much in the same way of Kwadwo Asamoah, Drogba has an national tournament he's preparing for right now. And much like Asamoah, when Drogba would be on his way back to Turin is basically a giant question mark right now. If Drogba's Ivory Coast team does advance deep into the Africa Cup of Nations, then his availability for the first leg of Juve's Champions League tie against Celtic would be likely ruled out. And since bringing in Drogba is mostly for Champions League experience, that wouldn't exactly be the best thing to happen.