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Hasselbaink: Higuain’s fitness could be bit of a problem for Chelsea

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Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is well aware of Gonzalo Higuain’s scoring prowess, but expressed fears over his fitness levels

After weeks of uncertainty, Higuain sealed a loan move to Chelsea from Juventus on Wednesday evening for the remainder of this season with the option of it becoming a permanent one this summer for £31m.

Although Juventus have also confirmed that Chelsea can take up another loan option to extend Higuain’s deal until June 2020 for an additional £15.7m.

The Argentine forward is a proven scorer with an impressive tally of 117 goals in 192 Serie A games for Napoli, Juventus and AC Milan.

Higuain, arguably, had his greatest campaign under Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri at Napoli during the 2015/16 season, where he scored a record 36 goals in 35 Serie A games.

And the Italian will be hoping that Higuain can achieve similar feats at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea having notably struggled up front this season.

But Hasselbaink reckons that the 31-year-old has a lot to prove in the Premier League, despite his past exploits.

“We know that he knows where the back of the net is,” Hasselbaink told Sky Sports.

“The only little worry that I have is he’s 31, how fit is he? How fit is he to cope in the Premier League?

“We know that the Premier League is the hardest league in the world, physically you have to be right.

“If he is physically right, he will score goals. If he’s not, he will have a little bit of a problem.”

Hasselbaink scored 81 goals in 169 appearances for Chelsea between 2000 to 2004 and won the FA Charity Shield at Stamford Bridge.

The 46-year-old also played for Atletico Madrid, where he found the net 33 times in 43 games, before retiring in 2008 at Cardiff City and taking up coaching.

Meanwhile, the out-of-favour Alvaro Morata is now expected to complete a loan move to Atletico Madrid after Higuain’s arrival on Wednesday.