Speaking to FourFourTwo Michael Owen stated it was because of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba teams that stopped using a 4-4-2 formation
Didier Drogba’s arrival at Chelsea in 2004 changed the role of the modern striker in the Premier League.
Drogba played as a lone striker in the 4-3-3 formation which was favoured by Jose Mourinho during his first spell in charge of the Blues.
“When I was growing up there was always two strikers who worked together – a big man and a little man,” says Owen in the new FourFourTwo Films documentary: The Art of Goalscoring
“But I think the introduction of Drogba at Chelsea changed the way people thought about strikers. Managers began to realise they could get a big man to do a little bit of everything.”
Drogba spent seven years with the Blues first time around, between 2004 and 2012, winning the Champions League, four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.