31 year old frontman Gonzalo Higuain joins the Premier League for the first time as he has sealed a 6-month loan move from Serie A powerhouses Juventus to England’s Chelsea. Originally at loan at AC Milan for the first half of the 2018-19 season, it never materialized into a perfect fit. Expected to bang in the goals for the troubled Milan club, he could never deliver it on a consistent basis. Glittered with transfer links and controversy, Higuain has finally put rumors to bed by finally signing with the London club on a loan deal that will take him to the end of the Premier League season.
Higuain’s arrival at Chelsea comes at a very important time for the Blues, who have once again found themselves in a No.9 dilemma. From the days of Andriy Shevchenko to Fernando Torres and now Alvaro Morata, Chelsea seem to be cursed with big money strikers. Morata, who signed last summer for a fee of around $90 million, started well actually with the Blues. It wasn’t until a little while after that injuries and a severe mental slump got the best of the Spaniard. Constantly on the butt end on criticism every week, he has been made somewhat of a laughing stock in West London. With 5 goals in 16 appearances this season, that may end up as his final total as a move to Atletico Madrid is now on the cards.
With Olivier Giroud as Higuain’s only true competition up top, the Argentine all but has his name on the No.9 role. Higuain’s arrival now allows for Hazard to move back into his favored wide role after being utilized in the false 9 often times under Maurizio Sarri this season. With the chance creating ability of Hazard, the natural scoring of Higuain’s game, it can finally solve Chelsea’s offense troubles.
Sarri is no stranger to Higuain, having worked with the former Real Madrid man during his time at Napoli, where Higuain enjoyed his personal best professional season. In the 2015-16 season with Napoli, Higuain scored 36 times in just 35 appearances, earning himself a big money move to Juventus for the next season. Higuain proved to be a success in Turin but the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid could only mean 1 thing…
Feeling betrayed by his parent club, Higuain now joins Chelsea with a point to prove and will try his luck at football in the Premier League. Look out Manchester United!
Written By: Andrew Diefenderfer