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The Dream Team Coach reveals Gonzalo Higuain’s starting price

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Any moment now, Chelsea are set to confirm the loan signing of Gonzalo Higuain.

Once the inevitably cringe-worthy video is on it’s way to viral status and everything is official, we’ll get the Argentinian forward added to the game.

The question remains, is there a space in your team for the man they call Pipita?


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Make yourself at home

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Make yourself at home

First of all, allow me to reveal his starting price.

Higuain will enter Dream Team at £4.5m.

Pretty reasonable if you ask me, given the current prices of Romelu Lukaku (£4.8m) and Alexandre Lacazette (£4.9m).

Higuain famously reached the peak of his career under Maurizio Sarri’s tutelage at Napoli.

36 goals from 35 league games resulted in a record-breaking 2015/16 campaign — no player has scored more goals in a single Serie A season.

Unstoppable

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Unstoppable

His overall goal record is enviable, over 300 career goals at the age of 31 is some going.

Higuain has only failed to reach 20 goals (all comps) in one of his last seven seasons.

The case for adding him to your Dream Team has plenty of evidence.

But what are the major concerns?

Past his prime?

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Past his prime?

For starters, his form on loan at Milan this season is his worst of many years.

Gennaro Gattuso’s side have lacked fluidity, but most would have expected a striker of Higuain’s calibre to have scored more than six league at the season’s halfway mark.

There are questions marks over his physical condition too.

Oft mocked for his relative doughy physique, some think he may be caught a yard off the pace in the intense environment of the Premier League.

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Remember this?

Despite his impressive goal record, Higuain has a reputation as a bottle job in high pressure situations.

His strike rate in European knockout stages pales into comparison to his league performances and plenty of Argentina fans hold him responsible for their country’s recent failings in major finals.

So, stick or twist?

High-profile new arrivals are risky by nature but they could hold the key for those pursuing mini-league leaders.

Higuain is going to lead the line for a top four club — there’s plenty of points to be had if he rediscovers anything close to his best form.

Your choice.

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