When Gonzalo Higuain netted Chelsea’s opener in their win over Huddersfield today, we imagine a few of them had to rub their eyes.
A striker, playing for Chelsea, scoring a goal?
It’s just unheard of.
All joking aside, it’s been a while since the Blues have a had a decent No.9 in their ranks.
And while two goals against bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield is hardly anything to write home about, it’s certainly going to be a big confidence booster for the new boy.
Higuain really was decent at Stamford Bridge today; his movement off the ball and his ability to flat-foot defenders was certainly A-list and would’ve created quite a bit of buzz among Chelsea fans.
His brace today could be the first of many.
Couple his attacking talent with Eden Hazard – who also netted twice this afternoon – and suddenly you’ve got a very lethal duo leading the line.
Combining Higuain’s clinical finishing and natural skill inside the opposition’s penalty box with Hazard’s dribbling and quick feet makes for a pretty dangerous pairing, doesn’t it?
Chelsea’s most successful period with Hazard in their team came when he linked up with everyone’s favourite b*stard Diego Costa.
While Hazard’s always been a stellar player for the Blues, he’s certainly better all-round when he’s linking up with a more traditional striker. When he was playing alongside Costa, for example, the two were exceptional in Chelsea’s title winning campaigns in 2015 and 2017.
It’s probably fair to say that the Blues haven’t been the same since Costa left for Atletico Madrid last year, but in Higuain, they might have someone who can replicate his devastating ability inside the six-yard box.
Either way, he’s certainly doing a lot more than Alvaro Morata.