Do the Montreal Impact even need Didier Drogba?
The way Impact midfielder Ignacio Piatti has played in their two wins to open the 2016 season, I couldn't help but ask that question. Can you blame me? Piatti's form makes the big striker seem more like a luxury item than a necessary element of the Impact's success.
So far, through two matches, Piatti -- or Nacho, as he's known -- has three goals and two assists. He is fourth in the league in big chances created. And first in the league in "Holy ---!" moments created.
That's the thing: It's not just the numbers. It's Nacho's style. He's a dribbling wizard, dipping into his bag of flicks and tricks like Eddie Van Halen improvising one riff after another. (See: the video above. You're welcome.) His goal against Vancouver in the season opener was Maradona-esque, a dazzling slalom through the Whitecaps' defense and a classy finish into the side netting.
The Impact are back in action on Saturday at FC Dallas (9:00PM ET, MLS LIVE), and Drogba is expected to see time on the field after missing the first two matches of the season due to the club's precautionary decision not to play him on synthetic turf.
And don't get me wrong: I'll fully enjoy watching him play on the smooth, forgiving surface at Toyota Stadium. After all, he is still the same Drogs who tore up the league for 11 goals in 11 games.
But if he isn't in the starting XI or he doesn't make it off the bench, I'll be OK. Nacho's enough for me.