Premier League 2018-19: 3 reasons why Gonzalo Higuain is likely to succeed at Chelsea
Chelsea fans are buzzing after the signing of Gonzalo Higuain in the January transfer window. The Argentine striker joined from Napoli as a replacement for the misfiring Alvaro Morata, and he already looks like he will live up to the expectations.
After drawing a blank in his debut game against Bournemouth, Higuain finally opened his account for the Blues over the weekend against Huddersfield. The 31-year-old put up a scintillating performance that left the Stamford Bridge faithful beaming with confidence.
He ended up netting twice as Chelsea thrashed the Premier League minnows 5-0.
Chelsea have struggled to get a competent No. 9 ever since the departure of Diego Costa a year and a half ago. Morata struggled mightily to fill that void, but it is increasingly looking like the Blues now have the perfect man for the striking role.
Here are three reasons why Higuain will succeed at Chelsea:
#3 He has proved to be clinical
If there’s anything that is not in doubt about Higuain, it’s definitely his pedigree as a clinical finisher. The Argentine has often been criticized for his mistakes, but he boasts a very impressive goal record wherever he’s played.
At Real Madrid, he managed 122 goals in 264 games in all competitions. At Napoli he netted 92 in 147 games. And at Juventus he scored 55 in 105 matches. This is a player who scored more than 30 league goals in the 2015-16 Serie A season.
His lethal prowess in front of goal is exactly what Chelsea need at the moment. The Blues have so far lacked a target man who can hold up play and make the runs through the channels. Higuain readily brings that to the table.
The on-loan Juventus forward has all the attributes to succeed at Chelsea. And the biggest positive is that he is never shy to bang in the goals, unlike his predecessor Morata.