The 34-year-old called time on his eight-year spell in west London in the summer, opting to join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua just weeks after his winning penalty secured Chelsea’s first Champions League triumph.
And Warnock, whose Leeds United side host Chelsea in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday night, believes the Blues have struggled to replace their talismanic forward.
“They have clearly missed some experienced players through injury this season but if I was Chelsea manager the one I’d miss most is Didier Drogba,” Warnock was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard.
“I would have done anything to keep him if I was at Chelsea and yet they let him leave on a free transfer.
“He epitomised what Chelsea was all about when they won all those trophies and his goalscoring record was tremendous. I loved him as a player.”
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