Gonzalo Higuain moved to Chelsea on loan from Juventus until the end of the season, but the Argentine has struggled to find his best form at Chelsea.
With Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata struggling to get the goals for Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri opted to bring in his former player Gonzalo Higuain, who was on fire for him during their time at Napoli.
Higuain cut short his loan with AC Milan to join Chelsea, but it hasn’t gone on well for the Argentine.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Cardiff, Sarri revealed that Higuain admitted the physicality of the English game is very high.
“He said to me that it’s difficult because the physical impact of the defenders here is really very strong,” Sarri said.
“The referees here are really very different than in Italy, so it’s another football for him.
“Especially for the striker and the goalkeeper, I think it’s really very different.
“So I think he needs time, but we have no time. We need him at his top level in the last two months.”
Higuain has scored only three goals in 11 Premier League appearances since joining in January and those goals came against relegation fodder Huddersfield and Fulham, and former Blue Craig Burley believes Sarri’s tactics is the issue and also blamed Sarri for signing a striker whom he knew would not fit into the Premier League system.
“Sarri says that Higuain is struggling to adapt to English football, well he should have known this,” he told ESPN FC.
“He knows Higuain very well from Italy and he has had a good six months to suss out how football is played over here.
“By the way it isn’t chalk and cheese, it might be a little quicker here but it isn’t that much different.
“He is just not playing well and he is in a team that is not playing well.
“And if Chelsea do get in the top four or when the Europa League then it is going to paper over the cracks of the deficiencies of this manager for the long-term I think.”
Fellow ESPN pundit Alejandro Moreno agreed with Burley and said that Sarri’s style of play is what is affecting the striker.
“I would be more surprised with Higuain’s lack of creativity if he was missing chances left and right but it’s not like Chelsea is creating all sorts of opportunities,” he added.
“He is hardly participating in the play so then you see him dropping off to play in a deeper position just to try and get a touch on the ball.
“It obviously doesn’t help when you have a guy like Callum Hudson-Odoi that can help him out left on the bench though.
“I don’t quite understand some of the decisions that Sarri has made and so we go back to the point that this team under him is neither coming or going.”