Since the sale of Diego Costa, Chelsea have found it difficult to get a replacement, with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud failing to meet up to his standard.
In the past decade, Didier Drogba and Diego Costa are the only two strikers who have enjoyed success at Stamford Bridge, but the latter had to leave after falling out with former boss Antonio Conte.
Morata who was signed for a then club record fee has left the club on an 18-month loan deal to Atletico Madrid, with Chelsea signing Gonzalo Higuain on a short-term loan deal.
Chelsea fans and even pundits responded to Higuain’s signing with skepticism at age 31, and after two games at the club, there were signs of a top striker still in him, but the evidence was yet to be confirmed as he barely had a sniff on goal.
After struggling at AC Milan with just six league goals in the first half of the Serie A season, Higuain was labelled as a striker past his prime, but he came to Stamford Bridge with a point to prove.
Higuain banged a brace in Chelsea’s 5-0 victory against Huddersfield Town, and the Argentina international was in superb form in that game and his second goal was proof of a world-class striker.
And now, AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli has admitted he was sad to see the former Real Madrid and Napoli striker leave San Siro, describing him as the best striker in the world.
“I still think he is the best striker in the world,” said the defender, as quoted by Calciomercato.
“I am sorry he decided to leave but we respect his decision. He is a friend of mine and if he is happy I am ok with it.
“Now we have other players that won’t make us regret his departure.”
Eden Hazard who also bagged a brace against Huddersfield has hailed Higuain as a great striker and believes the Argentine has what it takes to score goals regularly for Chelsea.
“We try to work with each other, Higuain is a new player but he knows what the manager wants,” Hazard said.
“He is a great striker and he can score a lot of goals. England is different than Italy and Spain but he has that ability. If [Olivier] Giroud or I play as a striker, we always try and help each other.”