Chelsea completed a loan move for Gonzalo Higuain this week with the Blues struggling to score goals this season. Chelsea also have the option to keep Higuain on loan next season.
When asked if Higuain is the answer to Chelsea’s lack of goals this season, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown said: “Chelsea are signing a top player.
“I was incredibly impressed when I watched him for Juventus against Tottenham last season.
“The problem Chelsea have found is that they have never replaced Diego Costa. Antonio Conte’s biggest mistake was falling out with the striker. I feel sorry for Alvaro Morata. He has the quality to succeed in the Premier League but lacks the right mentality.”
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri criticized the mentality of the players after Chelsea’s 2-0 loss at Arsenal last weekend and the players responded with a win over Tottenham on Thursday.
Asked if the public criticism of the players paid off, Keown said: “I don’t think Sarri is the sort of manager who holds grudges. He strikes me as someone who will demand more from a player, then give them a cuddle.
“The problem at Chelsea is that the players seem to struggle to adjust when they cannot win the Premier League. They need to readjust their goals and focus on winning the Europa League, the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup.”
Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has backed Higuain to cope with the switch from Italy to England with the striker set to make his debut against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
Zola believes Higuain will continue to score goals at Chelsea.
“Higuain, everyone knows, his best quality is his goalscoring record,” said Zola. “He’s a player who can score in many ways.
“We hope he can bring this quality to this team. At this moment, it is very much necessary.
“It is exactly the same questions as when I came over here and it is the same questions we pose for players who come over here.
“We know he’s coming from a different league, maybe a league where the intensity is lower than the Premier League, but we’re talking about a player who has scored not only in Italy but everywhere.
“I’m confident he can give something to the team. I am also confident the team will give him something. There is a lot of positive things that can happen.”