Gonzalo Higuain joined Chelsea in January, with Blues boss Maurizio Sarri hoping that the former Real Madrid striker would recreate the form he enjoyed while playing under him at Napoli. Unfortunately, it has not quite gone as planned so far.
Alvaro Morata endured similar problems at the club, as a front man who loved getting on the end of crosses and bagging close range goals, he explained that the service simply was not there during his time at Chelsea.
Many argue that Morata was not cut out for Premier League football and was not willing to adapt, but with fellow forward Olivier Giroud also finding it difficult to get minutes, there appears to be a theme occuring.
Giroud is another goal-scorer who nods home crosses into the box and can even pull some magic out of the hat at times, yet under Sarri he has scored just two goals in twenty-four appearances in the league.
Higuain was brought in as a proven scorer for Europe’s elite teams and despite a disappointing period with AC Milan, his CV speaks for itself. The 32-year-old has done it in Spain and Italy, firing the ball home consistently each and every week for years.
Yet, after ten Premier League matches for Chelsea he has gotten on the scoresheet just three times, his last coming in the tight victory over Fulham towards the beginning of last month. So, what’s happened? Is he past it? Was Morata right about the lack of service?