Pundit Paul Merson wonders whether a below-par Gonzalo Higuain really has what it takes to be a success in the Premier League for Chelsea
At the age of 31, Higuain is now approaching the twilight phase of his career and has struggled to match the same kind of scoring numbers he managed when he first arrived in the Serie A in 2013 from Real Madrid.
After being made to make way for Cristiano Ronaldo last summer at Juventus by joining AC Milan on a season-long loan deal, Higuain has only found the net eight times in 22 appearances.
Now reports are suggesting that the Argentina international’s time at Milan will be cut short with Chelsea set to sign him on another loan deal, which could be extended for an additional 12 months.
Blues boss Maurizio Sarri hopes his former Napoli star will be the man that solves their problems up front this season.
But Merson isn’t feeling so confident about Higuain’s prospects in the world’s hardest league.
“I’m not sure on him,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“He was a great player but looks below his best of late. He hasn’t pulled up trees for a while and now he’s coming to the hardest league in the world.
“He won’t have any time to adapt either as he needs to hit the ground running as Chelsea need someone to play as their focal point.
“I’d rather someone that has played in the Premier League before and knows what this league demands.”
Higuain has managed 117 goals and 27 assists in 192 Serie A games.