Dixon: Don't ditch Didier for Adriano

Chelsea would be better off keeping wantaway striker Didier Drogba than replacing him with Inter Milan's unpredictable Brazilian Adriano, according to former Blues talisman Kerry Dixon. “Drogba would be the better of the two," says Dixon, "bearing in mind that Adriano is an untried quantity in the Premier League. But that's not to say he's not a quality player.” However, Dixon -  no stranger to goals himself, having scored 147 in nine years at Chelsea - believes the Ivory Coast giant will have trouble prising his regular first-team berth back off strike-partner Nicolas Anelka, who is currently scoring goals for fun, notching his ninth goal in Chelsea's last eight games in all competitions against Bordeaux on Wednesday night. “On his day, Drogba is one of the best strikers in the world,” says Dixon. “In the season that Didier scored 33 goals, he was absolutely outstanding. But in terms of this year it's going to be very hard to dislodge Anelka the way he's scoring goals and getting on the end of things.” And the former Stamford Bridge legend feels that, manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari will resist playing the two strikers in the same team once Drogba returns to full fitness. “If you look to play two up front and change the midfield formation - which is already congested with quality players like Ballack, Deco, Lampard, Mikel and Essien - it's going to cause problems,” he said. “It could work, but it will only be tried in the event of something different.” Dixon was speaking at the Sue Ryder International Cup, a five-a-side charity event featuring a team of legends held at the David Beckham Academy in Greenwich.

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