Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri believes Gonzalo Higuain can be the transient answer for his side’s need for goals and challenge the former Real Madrid forward to secure a permanent deal at Stamford Bridge.
The Argentine international secure a loan move for a short-term until the end of the season on Wednesday from parent club Juventus having spent a beset first half of the campaign on loan at AC Milan.
Maurizio Sarri, who hs fond memories the striker when both were together at Napoli, Higuain scored a record 36 Serie A goals in a single season.
Presently he hopes Higuain can reignite Chelsea’s spluttering attack and procure a long term deal with the West London outfit.
“For sure, he is one of the best strikers in my career,” said Sarri, who will have to cope without Higuain for Thursday’s League Cup semi-final, second leg against Tottenham.
“It’s up to him, I think. He has to score, first of all. I think that for a long-term contract, he has to do very well.
“He has to play. He has to score. He has to be useful for the team.”
After an awesome start to life in the Premier League to Sarri’s reign in charge of the Blue’s, Chelsea has stumbled since losing out of the blue under the Italian manager against Spurs toward the end of November.
Four defeats in 11 Premier League games has coincided with Sarri’s decision to switch Eden Hazard as a false nine. With the Belgian’s impacted restricted, not having the liberty he has storming opposition defence from his conventional role.
Higuain has battled since being forced out of the Old Lady’s team in the summer by the shock arrival of former Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring just eight goals in 22 appearances for Milan.
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The Blue’s manager, however, believes he is the best clinical forward Chelsea could have added to the squad this month.
“Higuain usually is able to score 25 or 30 goals every season.
“As I told you before, in the market in January it’s very difficult to secure a very important striker.
“Gonzalo was in a situation that we could try to buy him, and so we decided to try for Higuain.”
Nonetheless, Sarri clarified that decision was to some extent forced by Alvaro Morata’s desire to leave Chelsea.
The Spaniard cost a then Chelsea record £60 million ($77 million) when he moves from Real Madrid in July 2017, however, at this point it seems to be set for a loan move to Atletico Madrid to clear a path for Higuain.
“I think that Morata is a very good player. I think that Morata has the characteristics for playing in my team,” added Sarri.
“But Morata, one month ago, said he wanted to play in another team. So it was really very difficult for him to give us the 100 percent for his mental situation, I think.
“From the physical and technical point of view, he is a very good player and suitable for my football. But the situation changed in the last month. So we needed to change.”