When Didier Drogba left Stamford Bridge, he left a note on the Cobham dressing room white board. The note read “Blue till I die” with his signature below.  Rumors of Drogba’s Chelsea reunion with Jose Mourinho and Chelsea began as early as April 2013, after an embrace following a Champions League match between Real Madrid and Galatasaray.  The Drogba transfer speculation lasted for over a year before Drogba was reunited with his beloved Blues.

After a two year departure, Didier Drogba has returned to Stamford Bridge. His last term at Chelsea ended with his kick of the ball that earned the Blues their first ever UEFA Champions League title. Last year Chelsea’s weakest position was striker, now it is almost an embarrassment of riches at the front of attack.  Drogba is now the latest addition to go along with the fresh intensity of Diego Costa, the return of Romelu Lukaku, and Fernando Torres, who once upon a time was the greatest striker in the world.

The internet is awash in rumors that Romelu Lukaku will soon depart Chelsea for Everton, but the signing of his idol Didier Drogba likely signals that he will stay with the club. Lukaku scored 15 goals in his previous Premier League campaign with Everton, a total greater than any player accomplished at Chelsea last season. Internet rumors also have Fernando Torres linked with a return to Atletico Madrid, but until either of these rumors are proven true, Chelsea will boast a depth in the position they have lacked for the past two seasons.

Diego Costa should absolutely be considered the first choice striker. His considerable skill and trademark intensity should serve him well in the league, where Chelsea lacked a consistent goal scoring threat. Costa is one of the five best strikers in the world and is coming off a season with Atletico Madrid, where he scored 27 La Liga goals. In his last campaign he fell just short of Champions League glory, with Chelsea he seeks to contribute to a growing dynasty. He has already displayed his lethal finishing ability, running onto a through ball from fellow new signing Cesc Fabregas, during Sunday afternoon’s friendly with Slovenian club Olimpija.

The friendly match also displayed the mercurial talents of Torres, who impressed all with an incredible flick, and followed it up with a monumental miss from 6 yards out. Torres is an incredibly interesting tale of glory and decline that coincided with his switch from Liverpool to Chelsea three years ago. He has not been able to return to the form that once made him the greatest in the world. As El Nino grew into a fully matured footballer, he only showed flashes of brilliance, thankfully for Chelsea some of those moments earned them a Champions League title. As Torres enters the second to last year of his contract, he seeks one more chance at glory before the club will be forced to consider his ongoing status.

Romelu Lukaku enters this season with a lot to prove to his manager and teammates. His contributions to West Brom and Everton were tremendous over the past two campaigns. He scores goals with an alarming frequency for a player only a few years into his career. Now with the chance to work with his idol Drogba at Chelsea, Lukaku could learn from and compete alongside some of the most experienced and cultured strikers of our time. Some critics have argued that Lukaku has an attitude problem, rather than a belief that he can immediately contribute to a squad that has not had a player match his goal totals from the last two seasons. The influence of veterans like Drogba and Torres will teach him how he will be expected to operate under Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho has made no suggestion that he will stray away from the 4-3-3 formation that has brought him so much success in the past. In Mourinho’s system there is usually only one striker on the pitch at a time. The wide positions in the attacking three will be made up of some combination of Eden Hazard, Andre Schurrle, Willian, and Mohamed Salah. Diego Costa will likely feature in most matches at the center of attack, while Lukaku should serve as the second striker in the pecking order. This arrangement would mean that Torres and Drogba would feature in roles coming off the bench or starting matches of lesser importance. It is a role that both are already accustomed to and one that could preserve the fitness of Diego Costa, who played a total of 58 matches for club and country over the last season.

As we rapidly approach the beginning of the English Premier League season, Chelsea’s depth at striker is almost unparalleled. The combined career goals scored by the Chelsea quartet is a massive 760 goals. With over 1,850 matches of experience at the striker positon, there is a tremendous wealth of footballing knowledge for Lukaku and Costa to continue growing from. Mourinho is the greatest squad building manager of the current era of football and is also one of the most savvy man mangers in the beautiful game.  The Premier League title is up for grabs and with the death of tiki-taka, the Champion’s League competition will be wide open. Chelsea should be considered favorites for both.

Didier Drogba has said that he returned to Chelsea in order to win more trophies. A club like Chelsea is accustomed to the demands of fighting on multiple fronts. The depth that they enjoy at the striker positon will help give them a great advantage in their campaign. The ability to play legends like Torres and Drogba in Cup competitions will give them a leg up on almost every other team they will face. With the youth and desire to win that Diego Costa and Romelu Lukaku bring to the table, Chelsea can stand toe to toe with any club in the world. By bringing back Drogba and holding onto Lukaku, Jose Mourinho has already gone a long way to making this a Blue decade.