Gonzalo Higuain signed for Chelsea during the January transfer window with Chelsea badly in need of a centre-forward following the departure of Alvaro Morata to Atletico Madrid.
Higuain endured a barren run of two games before scoring a brace in Chelsea’s 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town, and the Argentine is yet to score again for the Blues.
Higuain has shown flashes of what he can do and even hit the bar in Wednesday’s game against Tottenham, and Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has now revealed that the 31-year-old must improve on his physical condition so he can start scoring goals.
Asked about Higuain’s impact ahead of Chelsea’s away clash against Fulham, Sarri replied: “I think that the contribution was really very good in the last match [against Spurs].
“He played with his team-mates well, I think that he needs more acceleration because now he is a little more resistant but without the acceleration he had in Naples for example.
“I think he needs to improve his physical condition especially for acceleration and then he will score, of course.”
Higuain’s future is yet to be known as he has only signed a loan deal of six months to join Chelsea, and Sarri wasn’t keen on discussing his future.
“I don’t know,” he answered. “I think for us it’s better to think about Fulham. You are too much in the future.”
Another player with an uncertain future is Gary Cahill, and the skipper hasn’t featured for the club since last year. His contract winds up at the end of the season, and Sarri refused to say much about the former England international.
“I know very well Gary is in the last year of his contract,” Sarri responded when asked about Cahill. “I know there are some problems for a new contract, but for this you have to ask the club. He is training with his team-mates of course.
“In the dressing room he is very important and so we use him in the right way because every player, every member of the staff knows very well he is very important for our dressing room.”