Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri unsure over Gonzalo Higuain’s future and insists he must improve
Maurizio Sarri is unsure over Gonzalo Higuain’s Chelsea future and insists he must improve.
The Juventus striker has scored just three goals against relegated clubs Huddersfield and Fulham since signing on loan in January.
And his poor run of form saw him lose his starting place to Olivier Giroud, who opened the scoring in the Blues’ 3-0 win over Brighton on Wednesday.
Chelsea boss Sarri has compared Higuain’s struggles to Luis Suarez at Liverpool. The Barcelona and Uruguay star had a slow start to life in England, but went on to net 82 goals in a three-and-a-half-year spell for the Reds.
“Gonzalo has to improve,”Sarri said. “He has to improve physically and mentally, but I think also he will be able to be very useful for us in the last part of the season.
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“You know very well that it’s not easy in the first months to play in the Premier League.
“It was a problem also for Luis Suarez in the first season at Liverpool. He scored only four goals [after joining in January 2011].
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“In the second season he scored 17 goals, so it’s not easy, especially for a striker, to play immediately well in the Premier League.
“He needs time to improve his physical condition and time to be suitable for the Premier League. I think he is able to do it.
“Then, at the same time, we are lucky because we have Giroud. At the moment he’s in a very good mental and physical condition. We have to play every three days, so we’ll need both.”
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