Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain has admitted that he underestimated the Premier League. The 31-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge this January on a short-term loan deal from Juventus.
He was widely expected to solve Chelsea’s problems in front of goal following his arrival, with neither Olivier Giroud nor Alvaro Morata being particularly impressive for Maurizio Sarri’s side during the first half of the campaign.
So far, Higuain has not been particularly impressive in the English top flight. He has managed to score just three goals from eight Premier League appearances, which have come against Fulham and Huddersfield Town – two sides that have been pathetic in the league this season.
Some Chelsea fans are already feeling that Higuain may not be the answer to their woes up front. The club will have an opportunity to extend his loan deal or buy him permanently from Juventus at the end of the season. It is still a bit early to judge his performances for the Blues as a whole, as there are still five games remaining. However, the veteran will have to up his game sooner rather than later if he wants to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge.
Higuain, who previously succeeded while playing in Argentina, Spain and Italy has admitted that he may have underestimated the intensity of the football played in England.
As quoted by Metro, he said: “You watch the games on TV and you see that it’s a fast and powerful league to play in, but when you’re playing it’s even more so. You come up against defenders that are really strong.
“Also, we’ve seen any team can beat any other team. We’re one point off the Champions League spot so we have an opportunity to put pressure on the other teams for the end of the season.”