Gullit: Higuain is not a great fit for Chelsea

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Gonzalo Higuain of Chelsea in action during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Chelsea legend Ruud Gullit believes someone like Roberto Firmino would have been a much better striker than Gonzalo Higuain for the club.

The Blues pulled off arguably the biggest coup of the winter transfer window by signing Higuain on a loan deal from Juventus until the end of the season.

The Argentina international made his debut for Chelsea on Sunday in their 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.

But Gullit, who played as both a midfielder and forward during his playing career, is not convinced that Higuain’s playing style will suit Chelsea.

The Dutchman believes Eden Hazard and Willian will not be able to provide the kind service Higuain needs and suggested that a player like Liverpool’s Firmino would have been a better call.

“I hope I am wrong, I really do, but [Gonzalo] Higuain is an old-fashioned striker who needs crosses and, if he plays up front all the time, he will not see many balls there because of the way Eden Hazard and Willian play,” Gullit told BBC.

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“Those two always come inside, and dribble or shoot, and try to do things themselves. So they don’t need a player up there who is a target man, because Chelsea don’t use one and, under [Maurizio] Sarri, they never do.

“Instead they need a centre-forward who can play in midfield too, and be effective on the ball as well as be a finisher inside the box. Roberto Firmino, who comes so deep for Liverpool, is the perfect example.

“That is how Chelsea’s frontman has to play too, which is why I am not sure [Gonzalo] Higuain is the answer.

“At the very least, he has a difficult job because, with the way they are set-up, he will not be able to play the way he wants.

“We will have to wait and see, but Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are both good strikers, and it has not worked out for them.”

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