Chesterfield manager Martin Allen reveals what watching Didier Drogba score goals for Chelsea taught him

15 Oct

Chesterfield manager Martin Allen has revealed the lessons he has learned from Didier Drogba and the impact the former Chelsea striker had on him.

Allen, who took over at the National League club in the summer, said he now teaches his squad about the ‘Drogba position’.

Drogba had an immense contribution to Chelsea’s most successful period

The striker scored 157 goals in 341 appearances in his first eight-year spell at Chelsea and, on his return to the club in 2014, scored another seven in 40.

But it was Drogba’s all-round contribution that saw the club pick up four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League in that golden period with him as the spearhead.

Writing in his Daily Mail column, Allen said: “I get to Premier League matches when time allows. You often pick things up. It was watching Didier Drogba for years that made me see the value of having a forward on the six-yard box line defending corners.

“The ‘Drogba position’ I still call it. I’ve got our new centre forward Tom Denton in that role for me at the moment and he did it to perfection at The Shay [in the 1-1 draw at Halfiax], as well as scoring his first goal for us.”

Martin Allen teaches his Chesterfield players about the ‘Drogba position’