Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he wants to keep striker Gonzalo Higuain at the club beyond this season.
Higuain joined the Blues on a short-term loan deal in January from Juventus. He was expected to add impetus to the club’s attack following the struggles of strikers Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud in front of goal.
Higuain’s deal includes an option to extend the loan for another season or to buy him permanently. So far, the Argentine has not exactly been impressive during the time that he has spent thus far at Stamford Bridge. He has scored just three goals in the Premier League from eight games and all of his goals so far have come against Huddersfield Town and Fulham, who are two of the weakest defences in the League this season. The duo have also already been mathematically relegated from the top flight.
In Higuain’s defence, he has still not had vast opportunities to impress and it may be worth it to give him more chances before saying that he is a complete failure. The striker is a favourite and if Sarri remains at the club beyond this season, it will not be surprising to see him stay.
However, if the Italian does get sacked, it will remain to be seen whether the new manager will be a fan of the Argentine.
When asked if he wants to keep Higuain at the club, Sarri said, as quoted by The Standard: “Yes, of course, but it depends on the club, it depends on Juventus. It’s not clear the situation at the moment.
“I think he needs time to improve his physical condition and time to be suitable for the Premier League. I think he is able to do it.
“He has to improve physically, mentally, but I think also he will be able to be very useful for us in the last part of the season.”