Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus for the rest of the season as Maurizio Sarri seeks to add firepower to a team that has scored the less goals among the top six.
Higuain scored a Serie A record breaking 36 goals in his only season under Sarri at Napoli and Chelsea assistant coach Gianfranco Zola has assured Chelsea fans Higuain will bring goals to Chelsea.
“Higuain, everybody knows his best qualities, the goalscoring record,” Zola said.
“He’s a player who can score in many ways so we hope that he can bring his qualities to this team at this moment is very much necessary.”
Higuain could make his Chelsea debut in Sunday’s FA Cup game against Sheffield Wednesday.
Asked if Higuain will start, Zola said: “I don’t know. It could be. It’s an opportunity. We play a game in our pitch and there are players who need to be rested and it could be an opportunity. To be honest we haven’t discussed it.”
For those worried about Chelsea signing a 31-year-old striker, Zola insists Higuain has looked after himself well and sees no reason why he cannot continue to score goals for fun despite his age.
“Twenty years ago, 15 years ago, I would’ve said coming here it’s a difficult age,” Zola said.
“Now with the level of professionalism and with the resources that the players have, 31 is a good age. There is not a doubt about that. Plus the age relates to the person. It seems he takes care of himself.”
Zola is also confident Higuain will succeed in the Premier League.
“It is exactly the same questions they posed when I came over here,” Zola said when asked if he is confident Higuain will succeed in the Premier League.
“It is the same question you pose when players come here. Yes, we know he’s coming from a different league, maybe a league where the intensity and rhythms are lower than the Premier League, but we’re talking about a player who has scored not only in Italy, but everywhere, also in the Champions League.
“We are talking about a top player. I’m confident he can give something to the team and that the team will give him something. There is a lot of positive things that can happen.”
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is set to leave Stamford Bridge for Atletico Madrid following the arrival of Higuain from Juventus.
Asked about the latest on Morata’s move to Atletico Madrid, Zola said: “I don’t have updates on that. I cannot give you any indication.
“There is an interest, I know that. And I believe they are working on that. But I cannot give you any more.”