Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has admitted that centre-forward Gonzalo Higuain needs to improve, but feels it’s usual to struggle adapting to the Premier League.
The Blues signed Higuain on loan in January with an option to buy and he was expected to help fill the striker void, but he’s managed just three goals in 11 appearances.
He’s looked a yard short in some games for the West London club and struggled to make his mark yet at Stamford Bridge.
Sarri feels that the Argentinian attacker has to improve both physically and mentally, but drew comparisons to La Liga goal machine Luis Suarez.
Barcelona ace Suarez has 129 goals in just 159 La Liga appearances and previously graced the Premier League with Liverpool.
He scored 11 league goals during his first year at Anfield to make a moderate start, before going on to become a key player for them.
“He [Higuain] has to improve physically and mentally and also that he will be useful for us in the last part of the season. It’s not easy in the first months to play in the Premier League, it was a problem for Suarez in the first season at Liverpool, in the second season he scored 24 goals,” Sarri said, as quoted by Football.London.
Higuain, 31, has been a prolific goalscorer wherever he’s gone in his career, but is yet to chalk off England and as one of them.
The South American is certainly still a deadly finisher and strong in the air, but teammate Olivier Giroud has looked a more balanced player in attack when he’s featured and arguably should have the nod in big games over him right now.
Higuain still has time to become a fan favourite, if he can fire Chelsea to a top four finish and also Europa League glory.