Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri expects Gonzalo Higuain to be the answer to Chelsea’s lack of goals but a former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit believes old-fashioned striker Higuain is likely to find life difficult in Chelsea due to the way Eden Hazard and Willian play.
Higuain joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus for the rest of the season and he is expected to make his Chelsea debut in the FA Cup game against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
Despite excelling under Sarri during his time at Napoli, Gullit doesn’t believe Higuain will be successful at Stamford Bridge.
According to Gullit, Higuain is an old-fashioned striker who needs crosses into the box but he doesn’t believe Higuain will get much crosses into the box because Hazard and Willian like to dribble and shoot.
Gullit believes Chelsea need a striker like Liverpool’s Firmino who can also play in midfield and also be a finisher in the box and he doesn’t believe Higuain is that striker.
“Chelsea have been short of a striker, which is why boss Maurizio Sarri has brought in Gonzalo Higuain, who played under him at Napoli,” Gullit told BBC.
“I hope I am wrong, I really do, but Higuain is an old-fashioned striker who needs crosses and, if he plays up front all the time, he will not see many balls there because of the way Eden Hazard and Willian play.
“Those two always come inside, and dribble or shoot, and try to do things themselves.
“So they don’t need a player up there who is a target man, because Chelsea don’t use one and, under Sarri, they never do.
“Instead they need a centre-forward who can play in midfield too, and be effective on the ball as well as be a finisher inside the box. Roberto Firmino, who comes so deep for Liverpool, is the perfect example.
“That is how Chelsea’s front man has to play too, which is why I am not sure Higuain is the answer. At the very least, he has a difficult job because, with the way they are set-up, he will not be able to play the way he wants.
“We will have to wait and see, but Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are both good strikers, and it has not worked out for them.”
Meanwhile Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola believes Higuain can handle the pressure of playing for a club like Chelsea.
“I am sure there are a lot of expectations, but I am also sure Gonzalo is used to it,” Zola said.
“He has played for big clubs and I am sure he can handle it. He has always produced good numbers. This is not a team that is desperate, it is about adapting. We are going to help Higuain.”