Gonzalo Higuain: Chelsea better off without the striker
Chelsea goalscoring problems seemed solved with Maurizio Sarri request to the higher ups of the blues bringing Gonzalo Higuain to fill the role after failed attempts to replace the departed Diego Costa following Antonio Conte’s fallout but so far would be better off without the striker.
Alvaro Morata’s brilliant start was followed by a disappointing 2018 where the Spanish striker failed in finding the back of the net on a top premier league level striker that ultimately lead to the recruitment of Olivier Giroud a year ago and the former Juventus forward moved on to Atletico Madrid.
The Italian manager started the campaign on an 18 unbeaten games in all competitions, but he couldn’t maintain the tempo for a long period of time with Eden Hazard bearing the goalscoring burden on his shoulders with the occasional false nine role for the Belgium.
Giroud who yesterday became the third top scorer in French history has only been a bit part player under Maurizio Sarri with the Europa League seemingly his forte bagging nine goals so far and being the top goal scorer in the competition.
Sarri eventually persuaded captured the services of former Napoli star Gonzalo Higuain on a loan deal in January, hoping the Argentinian will solve the goalscoring problems with the team lacking a real threat up front with defenses just dropping back to frustrate the Blues.
The Argentine striker has however failed to impress on impact notching his goals against minnows Huddersfield Town and Fulham, failing to prove his worth in the crucial games against Wolves and Everton, where the same problems of lack of cutting edge for Chelsea.
The Chelsea striker would ‘gladly’ stay with the Blues, who have options to buy him for €36m or extend his loan for a further season once the current campaign ends but in the long run his future depends on Sarri’s position in the summer with rumours of facing the sack.
Furthermore, with the transfer ban of the Stamford Bridge side looming despite their appeal a change of policy and limitations on Loan per season should be to rebuild for the future with most of the squad in their 30’s and Hazard looking for his dream move in the summer.
The FA Cup holders currently have Michy Batshuayi on loan at Crystal Palace with Tammy Abraham tearing up the championship with 21 goals so far for Aston Villa and should be looking to utilize them with Higuain wage package and fees high and being better to blood in the strikers.