Gonzalo Higuain has added a much-needed calmness to the Chelsea attack according to Garth Crooks.
Higuain, 31, arrived at Stamford Bridge on loan from Juventus as Maurizio Sarri tries to replace the misfiring Alvaro Morata, who left to join Atletico Madrid on loan this week.
The Argentine has long been linked with a move to England and Chelsea, and started Saturday’s visit of Huddersfield Town.
It didn’t take the former Real Madrid striker to show his talent. He found the net twice against Huddersfield, including the first goal of the day after just sixteen minutes.
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Chelsea have struggled to hurt teams at times this season despite dominating possession with the Blues either forced to rush their attack and fail to create high quality chances or not having the forward runs to find from midfield.
N’Golo Kante had faced criticism in his more advanced role under Maurizio Sarri too as he is not regarded as a footballer who is suited to carrying a threat into the final third.
According to Crooks, the arrival of a forward with Higuain’s pedigree has meant there is a newfound composure in this vital area of the pitch that is helping the rest of the team to settle back down after a rough run of results.
“Sarri has got the reaction he was desperately looking for, but I’ve got to say to you, Higuain has made a hell of a difference,” he told BBC Final Score.
“Suddenly, up front there’s a calmness, there’s an assurance. Kante puts a ball into him and finishes with aplomb. It’s fabulous.
“Just before that he’s had a chance and there was a warning. Huddersfield didn’t heed the warning and paid the price after that.
“It’s been a wonderful performance by Chelsea. Hazard and Higuain, that’s the show.”