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Gonzalo Higuain has been a top striker for many years, but the Argentine has struggled to maintain his elite status in recent years as age now seems to be catching up with him.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri utilised Higuain to great extent during their time at Napoli, with Higuain going on to score lots of goals under Sarri.
Sarri decided to bring Higuain during the January transfer with hopes that the Argentine will solve Chelsea’s striking issues, but it hasn’t really worked for the 31-year-old as he has struggled to cope with the pace and intensity of the Premier League and has only scored 4 goals in 12 league games for Chelsea.
Higuain joined Chelsea on a short-term loan deal with an option to buy, and Sarri has indicated that he will want to keep the Argentine. The Blues can extend his loan for one more season for € 18 million or sign him permanently for € 36 million.
Two of Sarri’s former wards Higuain and Jorginho have come under huge criticisms in the Premier League, but Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has hailed the duo and believes that Higuain will finally come good at Chelsea.
Zola said in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport: “Higuain and Jorginho? Their qualities can’t be put into question but the rhythm of the Premier League is very high. Gonzalo will surprise you once he will reach the top of his fitness. He will prove to be decisive.”
Chelsea drew 1-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday and Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Chelsea played with ten men against Manchester United due to the ineffectiveness of Gonzalo Higuain during the game.
“I think the centre-forward
is a problem,” Scholes said, as quoted by Daily Express.
“Higuain was poor today, they almost played with ten men today.
“I thought Giroud, at least in the last 20 minutes, would have been given a chance.
“What they’ll do if Hazard goes I’m not too sure, that’s obviously going to be a big problem whatever team he’s out of is going to suffer.
“I enjoy watching them, I think they’ve got some good footballers, but have they got enough to challenge for the league? I think they are two or three players short on that.”