It’s the transfer season; a period where clubs across Europe seek to bolster their squad by bringing in new players to help in their pursuit of both domestic and international glory. The focus of this article however tilts to the direction of Gonzalo Higuain whose move away from one of the leading giants of Italian football (AC Milan) has been generating buzz in the media.
Reports have it that under-pressure Chelsea striker, Alvaro Morata has agreed terms for a loan move to Athletico Madrid, meaning his move will clear the path for the arrival of Higuain. The question thus arises, will Higuain be able to solve Chelsea ‘s attacking problem? Is the deal going to be a “hit” or “miss”?
So far so good this season, Chelsea has quite adjusted to life under new boss Maurizio Sarri. However, one department that has been a source of concern is their ATTACK. After Diego Costa, the last potent striker Chelsea had left, Chelsea had to look for a replacement, reason they brought in both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud. Both strikers haven’t done justice to the job of leading the line for the blues.
Sarri for a long time favoured Morata ahead of Giroud, still does though, but Morata hasn’t lived up to expectation. As a result, Eden Hazard has had to leave his comfort zone to play as a false 9, a position he’s not accustomed to. Although they usually end up winning the game of possession, their conversion rate is front of goal is at a low ebb. In fact, out of the top six, Chelsea is the least scoring; something that was never the case when they had prolific goal poachers like Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and even Diego Costa.
The solution to Chelsea’s problem is for them to get a prolific goal poacher and they just might have done that with the impending move of Gonzalo Higuain. Higuain indeed is a world class striker and has proven his worth at top clubs across Europe. His resume speaks for itself.
His style of play and ferocity in front of goal even earned him the nickname “Pipita”. Moreso, he has even been compared to fellow Argentine legends, Gabriel Batistuta and Hernan Crespo. He possesses good technical skills, and an ability to link-up with teammates, hold up the ball, and lay it off to other players. His intelligent offensive movement of the ball and pace in the final third of the pitch make him an offensive threat during counter-attacks, and also allow him to lose his markers and get on the end of passes, or create space for his teammates with his attacking runs.
The fact that he succeeded and flourished well under Maurizio Sarri while both were still with Napoli further sparks hope for success. One cannot downplay the importance of player-manager understanding as it is very vital in the success of any club.
Although Higuain is fast aging, he still has what it takes to deliver for this Chelsea squad and with the presence of Hazard, Willian, Pedro, Jorginho, the Maurizio Sarri led team might just have found the missing piece to their jigsaw puzzle.