Gonzalo Higuain arrived at Chelsea this month on loan from Juventus. The 31-year-old is a deadly forward and enjoyed the best football of his career under the management of current Blues boss Maurizio Sarri while the two were on the books of Serie A side Napoli.
The Blues lacked a clinical forward during the first half of the season with neither Alvaro Morata nor Olivier Giroud being able to find the back of the net on a regular basis. The club’s lack of a powerful forward up front may just be the reason as to why they are not title contenders this season and now have to focus on challenging for a place in the top four.
The Argentine international Higuain looked impressive during the first half of the season while on loan with fallen Italian giants AC Milan where he scored six goals from 15 league appearances. These are impressive stats as the Serie A is a league which is very defense orientated and arguably one of the hardest to score in.
It remains to be seen whether Higuain will be able to adapt to life in England as this is his first time playing in the country. However, if the adaptation is successful, there is a strong chance that the club could attain a top-four finish.
The experienced striker made his club debut last weekend during the 3-0 FA Cup success over Sheffield Wednesday. During the 26th minute, he was offered the chance to take a penalty and open his goal scoring account for the Blues. However, he rejected the opportunity which Willian went on to convert.
Sarri has revealed that he was surprised by the decision of Higuain. The Italian said, as reported by The Daily Mail:”I was a little bit surprised, because he wants to score in every match, but I appreciated it because he gave the ball to Willy. This was a wonderful start. It means he is available to his team-mates for everything. I appreciated it very much.”