By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Ivorian's exit leaves Chelsea with only Fernando Torres as their recognised senior striker. Porto star Hulk has been regularly linked with the club and is expected to offer a similar physical presence as Drogba did as well as be the chief outlet for goals in the coming season.
Drogba, who joined Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, scored 100 Premier goals from 226 appearances and helped the side win three Premier League titles as well as four FA Cups. He was instrumental in their recent Champions League win and scored the crucial equaliser minutes from the end of regulation time to keep Chelsea in the game against Bayern Munich.
The Ivory Coast international never won the PFA Players' Player of the Year award even as he scored 29 goals from 32 league appearances in the 2009/10 season as he was beaten to the accolade by Manchester United's Wayne Rooney that year.
But Wilkins believes that Drogba was a mercurial player and would be a tough act to follow for anyone in the game. He also revealed that he has already observed the Brazilian striker in action and has been left less than impressed with the comparison.
"I was at Chelsea on a couple of occasions when we played against Hulk," Wilkins told the Fulham Chronicle.
"He's not in the class of Drogba, but then not a lot of people are.
"He's [Drogba's] going to be an extremely difficult person to replace."
Hulk has reiterated recently that there has been no formal offer by Chelsea so far. The English side has been linked with a move for Internacional star Oscar and have already signed Eden Hazard and Marko Marin for the new season.