Gonzalo Higuain is currently in London to complete his loan move to Chelsea. The striker won’t be available for Chelsea’s Carabao Cup second leg clash against Tottenham on Thursday after missing the 12noon deadline today.
Higuain, who scored 36 goals in one season with Maurizio Sarri at Napoli, will be available to make his debut in the FA Cup against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
Despite struggling for goals at AC Milan, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes the 31-year-old striker will score goals to galvanize Chelsea’s struggling attack.
Sarri also insists Higuain is very good at other aspects, other than just scoring goals and hailed the 31-year-old as one of the best strikers he has worked with.
“He is a very strong striker,” said Sarri. “Especially in my first season in Naples, he did very well.
“He scored 36 goals in 35 matches in Serie A, that season he scored 39 goals. So he did very, very well. For sure, he is one of the best strikers in my career.
“We hope he brings goals, and that he starts scoring for us. He is also very good at other aspects, other than just goals, but that’s what we are hoping for.
“He has had some difficulties recently, but we are hoping we can raise him back to his best form.”
Higuain’s form has been poor in recent weeks while on loan at AC Milan but Sarri insists Higuain has the right experience to play at Stamford Bridge.
“He’s still scored nine goals in a team that isn’t at the same level as Juventus,” said Sarri. “He played four seasons for Real Madrid. I think he has the right experience to play here.
“I think the club agree with me when I told them my opinion about the team. It is very difficult in January to find one of the most important strikers in the world.
“So the club is working very well. It is not easy to get a new striker, a very important striker, in the January market.”
Former Premier League striker Andy Cole believes Higuain is a good deal for Chelsea.
Cole told The Debate: “Is Higuain to Chelsea a good deal? No brainer. No brainer, for me.
“If you look at this career, the goals he’s got in Italy, Spain, no brainer.
“But we’re sitting here saying Chelsea have had huge centre forwards that have struggled over the years but I think he’ll be ok.
“His attributes are that he scores goals, especially where he’s played at, playing at Real Madrid, he was the main centre forward and got loads of goals there.
“He’s got good movement, I like his movement. He works very, very hard for a centre forward which is a big plus as well.
“When he gets those chances, he puts them in the back of the net.
“He struggled a little bit at Milan for whatever reason this season. I’m not sure if his heart was really in it.
“I think he was a little bit disappointed with the way he got treated by Juventus, to have to go on loan there.
“I really do believe, playing under Sarri there, I think he will be good for them.”