Ian Holloway reckons that Gonzalo Higuain would go on to have a massive impact at Chelsea once his loan move from Juventus goes through.
The west Londoners have announced a loan deal has been agreed with the Serie A giants for Higuain, who will be donning the Chelsea shirt until the end of the current season. It is understood the deal can be extended for a further 12 months.
Higuain, who has spent the first half of the campaign on loan at AC Milan, has played under Sarri at Napoli, where the Argentine striker has set a Serie A record of most goals in a single season in 2015-2016. The arrival of the 31-year-old striker at Stamford Bridge looks to pave the way for Alvaro Morata’s departure to Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea’s problems in front of goal have been well documented this season, with Morata and Olivier Giroud misfiring for the Blues. The west Londoners have so far failed to find a proper replacement for Didier Drogba, with only Diego Costa coming close to replicating the Ivorian’s exploits at Stamford Bridge.
However, Holloway, who now works as a pundit, believes that Higuain possesses the quality to lead the west Londonfrontline.
“Gonzalo Higuain could be a monster for Chelsea,” said the former QPR manager. I think he’s got total class written all over him and he’s got enough experience to own that shirt. That shirt weighs a tonne. The centre forward shirt at Chelsea weighs a tonne.
“You’ve only got to walk round the ground and see the legends there. If I was a centre forward for them I’d be thinking: ‘Good God, I’ve got to be as good as them!’ It’s a hell of a heavy shirt to wear but I think that’s the key that’s missing and it’ll be frustrating Sarri.”