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Last season Didier Drogba played an integral role in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph.

The Ivory Coast striker netted a late equaliser forcing the game into extra time and after 30 gruelling minutes neither team could find a winner. And so the game went to penalties, and after Juan Mata saw his weak penalty saved by German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Chelsea’s Champions League dreams looked to be fading. Lady Luck though sided with Chelsea that night, with both Olić and Schweinsteiger seeing their penalties saved by the impressive Petr Cech leaving Di Matteo’s men one penalty away from Champions League glory, and who better to dispatch the winning penalty than Didier Drogba.

That one kick of the ball proved to be the most important in Chelsea’s history and coincidently the last Drogba would score in a Chelsea shirt. It is fair to say that the Ivorian went out with a bang, putting an end to an illustrious career with the club. The time for Didier Drogba and Chelsea to call it a day and go their separate ways has come and gone. Drogba has signed a lucrative contract at Chinese Super League outfit, Shanghai Shenhua, teaming up with ex-Chelsea team mate, Nicolas Anelka. But where do the Champions League winners go from here?

Yes they have strengthened their squad with the highly rated Eden Hazard, but they are yet to find a replacement for the talismanic Didier Drogba. His strength and power was also used to Chelsea’s advantage, and that was never more evident than in Chelsea’s Champions League triumph. His aerial ability is second to none, on the ground Drogba is one of the deadliest finishers around and add that to his bullish approach and it is clear to see why he is still regarded as one of the world’s top strikers.

His departure has left a huge gap in Di Matteo’s squad and now he must find a suitable replacement for the departed Ivory Coast striker. One player instantly comes to mind, Napoli’s number seven, Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan has taken Europe by storm since joining Napoli in 2010, netting 66 goals in just 96 appearances.

The 25 year old would be a perfect replacement for Drogba. He possesses all the characteristics a world class striker needs. He is a beast in the air with fantastic heading ability and unbelievable strength making him an ideal target man for any Premier League team. On the deck he is just as good as in the air, add a natural eye for goal along with some outstanding pace for a man standing at 6ft 2inches, and you can see why he is the man to replace Drogba.

With Chelsea looking to put last season’s disappointing league campaign behind them, Cavani would be a fantastic acquisition for Chelsea as he would fit easily into the Premier League, thanks largely to his physical presence, making him a handful for any top flight defender.

The signing of Hazard was a sign of real intent from Chelsea and Roman Abramovich but if they managed to capture the signature of Cavani also, that would really show their intent. Hazard, Cavani, Mata and Torres all in the same team could be very exciting, but more so give Di Matteo a plan B if things are not going Chelsea’s way.

Whether it is on the floor or in the air, Cavani is the man for Chelsea.

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