Gonzalo Higuaín has three goals in ten Chelsea appearances (all against the two worst teams in the league), and that simply just won’t do. It’s hardly any better than Álvaro Morata was, even if Pipita’s movement in the penalty area remains excellent and he doesn’t spend half the game on the ground. It’s certainly nowhere near his Napoli levels for Sarri, which is what he was hoping to return to with this loan.
Sarri, who wedded his Chelsea future to the 31-year-old’s boots in January, is also growing a bit frustrated.
“I would like to see him at the top in the last two months. At the moment, only this is really important. We need Gonzalo at the top. It is not easy, I think, to get used to this championship.
”The level is different. The way of playing is different. I think especially for a striker it is very difficult to get used to the Premier League in just one or two months. He said to me that it is difficult because the physical impact of the defenders here is really very strong.
”The referees here are really very different than in Italy, and so it is another football for him and especially for a striker or goalkeeper. It is really very different, so he needs time, but we have no time. We need him to get to his top level in these last two months.”
-Maurizio Sarri; source: Goal
And therein lies the trouble of trying to solve a problem with a mid-season transfer. Sometimes it works out, but sometimes, the bear eats you. Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud’s in good form, but he’s strictly on Europa League duty, like the rest of the second-string.