Chelsea travel to West Midlands rivals Fulham on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League and it’s a big opportunity for Gonzalo Higuain to lay down a gauntlet at Craven Cottage.

The 31-year-old striker moved to Stamford Bridge in January on loan and was tasked with reshaping a lacklustre forward line.

 (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

He’s made seven appearances so far for the Blues and shown some excellent qualities in holding the ball up, but has not quite hit the ground running like supporters may have wanted.

His only two goals so far came against bottom of the table Huddersfield and he was left out of the starting XI by manager Maurizio Sarri in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.

(Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea are now preparing to face a fragile Fulham side that sit 19th in the table and are staring relegation to the Championship in the face following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

Higuain should be licking his lips at the prospect of facing a poor Fulham defence that have conceded 63 goals in 28 league games so far.

(Photo by Romena Fogliati/Offside/Getty Images)

The Argentina international is a fox in the box that should certainly be able to get on the scoresheet and make himself a hero in a local derby.

A couple of goals under his belt could be the perfect springboard for Higuain to kick on from now until the rest of the season.