Gonzalo Higuain has been left out of AC Milan’s matchday squad to face Genoa amid intense speculation that he is set to reunite with Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.
The need for Higuain at Stamford Bridge was as clear to see as ever as the Blues fired blanks against Arsenal on Saturday evening. Maurizio Sarri criticised his players’ mentality following the game, but the personnel are as much the problem as anything else.
Without a striker of Higuain’s quality, Chelsea have little chance of keeping pace with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham, even Arsenal, who all have strikers in their ranks capable of delivering 20 goals in a Premier League season.
Eden Hazard has been used as a false 9 over the past couple of months, but it would be beneficial to push him back out to his more natural wide position, allowing a natural striker come in and benefit from playing alongside the league’s most creative player.
That looks like it’s about to happen, with Higuain’s transfer to Chelsea getting closer with every day that passes. If you needed confirmation of just how close we are to getting the deal done, Higuain no longer appears to be an option for selection at the San Siro.
— AC Milan (@acmilan) January 20, 2019
If we could get this done in time for the Argentine to face Tottenham, it’d be ideal, but even if we can’t, we’ll have the calibre of striker that we’ve been waiting to see in a Chelsea shirt since the day that Diego Costa left, for six months, at least.