GONZALO HIGUAIN will make Chelsea a ‘force’.
That’s according to former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi, who believes the Argentine provides the final piece of the puzzle for Maurizio Sarri.
Higuain opened his account for the Blues with a superb brace in their 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield on Saturday.
After suffering their heaviest Premier League defeat in 23 years away at Bournemouth last Wednesday, Sarri was in desperate need of three points,
Fortunately for the Italian, a double from both his new frontman and Eden Hazard, along with a David Luiz header, meant they did so in style.
And Ameobi is tipping Chelsea to go and become a ‘force’ with Higuain leading the line.
“I think they’ve gone out and got themselves a top, top striker,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast.
“I think that’s what they were lacking, someone who can score goals consistently and has done for many, many years.
“Brilliant goals, I have to say. It was the linkup, wasn’t it? The fact Hazard had someone on his wavelength that he could linkup with, that he could play with.
“I think they will be a force now. I think that was the one piece of the puzzle that wasn’t quite right, and Sarri’s gone out and got his man and I think you saw the quality straight off the bat with Higuain.
“And I think Hazard will be a better player, obviously Higuain will attract more defenders and that will invariably give Hazard more space to do some damage.”
Higuain netted a phenomenal 38 goals in 42 appearances under Sarri at Napoli in 2015/16.
One year later he completed a £79m switch to Juventus, where he bagged 55 goals in 105 appearances before joining AC Milan on loan to make way for Cristiano Ronaldo at the start of this season.
His move to the San Siro hardly went to plan, scoring a mere eight goals in 22 games, but former Premier League midfielder Jonathan Greening insists he is still a top player.
“He’s a top player, obviously Sarri had him at Napoli,” he said.
“I was so impressed by his movement, his linkup play.
“I think it gives Hazard the option to drop into little pockets, drop a little bit deeper, drift wide knowing that Higuain will be in the box to assist him.”