CHELSEA striker Gonzalo Higuain is the wrong type of player for Eden Hazard and the style of football played by the Blues.
This is view of football transfer expert Ian McGarry.
The 31-year-old is expected to be the answer to Chelsea’s recent woes in front of goal.
And because the Argentine has previously played under Blues manager Maurizio Sarri when the pair were at Napoli in the Italian league, it’s expected to be a compatible match.
However, McGarry does’t think this is the case because he believes Higuain thrives off crosses and Chelsea’s winger have a tendency to cut inside rather than push down the touchline.
“He’s the puzzle wrapped in a conundrum wrapped in a box called pandora,” McGarry said about Higuain on the Transfer Window podcast.
“Theoretically he’s playing under his favourite manager, a manager who got him 30 plus goals in two seasons at Napoli.
“That’s why he’s at Chelsea now, because Sarri effectively demanded that he come because [Alvaro] Morata clearly has not been a happy person in London or at Chelsea.
“Higuain theoretically should be the answer to Sarriball.
“Unfortunately, Chelsea are not a team who cross the ball in the way that Napoli did.
“Even though they have so called wingers I’d say they are more attacking midfielders than they are wingers because Willian, Pedro and Eden Hazard all like to come in off the wing and pass in behind or around the corner rather than actually take the ball to the by-line and pass it through.
“What Higuain does best is arrive at the right rime, gets ahead of defenders or can go one-on-one.
“I think there’s a clash of styles, unlike as I was describing with Batshuayi and Crystal Palace with regards to it will take a lot of work to make Higuain get anywhere near 10 goals between now and the rest of the season.
“I’m putting my neck on the line and say that’s a miss.”
Chelsea brought in Higuain from Juventus on a loan deal until the end of the season and have an option to buy him for £31.3million (€36m) if they want too.
There is little doubt Higuain was brought in as a replacement for Morata, who subsequently left to join Atletico Madrid on loan deal after Higuain’s arrival.
Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid in 2017 for a then club-record fee of £60m on a five-year contract.
But since his arrival from La Liga his return in front of goal has been poor – only 16 goals from 47 Premier League appearances.
Sarri believes he has now brought in a finisher to Stamford Bridge, with Higuain having shown in the past a fantastic games to goal ratio when at Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus.
However, in 22 games for AC Milan this season he only found the net eight times, which is only marginally better than Morata’s performances for the Blues.
After failing to score in his opening two games, Higuain did grab two goals in Chelsea’s 5-0 demolition of Huddersfield.
Sarri might have got the man he wants, but the pressure will now be on to secure qualification to the Champions League and to achieve that he will need Higuain to hit the ground running.