Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed that he has spoken to striker Gonzalo Higuain about his form. The 31-year-old joined the Blues in January from Juventus on a loan deal that will end this summer.
Sarri’s side struggled up front during the first half of the season with neither Alvaro Morata nor Olivier Giroud being prolific scorers. It was hoped that Higuain would add value up front following his January arrival especially as the attacker previously worked well with Sarri while the duo were contracted to Serie A club Napoli during the 2015-16 season.
Higuain played arguably the best football of his career that season under the guidance of Sarri as he went on to score an impressive 38 goals from 42 appearances in all competitions.
Since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January, Higuain has struggled to find consistent form and also not managed to find the back of the net on a regular basis. He has so far managed to score three goals from 11 games in all competitions and his strikes came against basement clubs Huddersfield Town and Fulham.
It remains to be seen whether Higuain will manage to find form as time progresses. At the current rate, he does not look like a viable solution to Chelsea’s problems up front. Sarri has revealed that the striker has even conceded that his form has not been great so far.
“He said to me that it’s difficult, because the physical impact of the defenders here is really very strong,” said Sarri as reported by Sky Sports.
“The referees here are really very different than in Italy, and so it’s another football for him, especially for a striker and a goalkeeper, it’s really very different.
“And so I think that he needs time, but we have no time. So we need him at his top level in the last two months.”