Dutch legend and former Chelsea star Ruud Gullit has this afternoon revealed his opinion that the Blues would have been better served securing the signature of a player of the ilk of Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, rather than Gonzalo Higuain.
31-year-old Argentinian hitman Higuain completed his move to Stamford Bridge earlier this week, following a protracted saga which eventually saw the veteran cut his loan stint with AC Milan short to pen a new temporary agreement in London.
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The Juventus-owned striker’s arrival comes on the back of a disappointing opening-half to the campaign for first-choice Chelsea hitman Alvaro Morata.
The Spaniard never truly settled in London following his big-money arrival from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017, with fans of the Blues having long expressed their frustration with the club’s failure to sufficiently replace Diego Costa.
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‘Need a centre-forward who can play in midfield too’
However, one individual who does not feel as though Higuain will prove the answer to Chelsea’s problems at centre-forward is former Blues’ star Ruud Gullit.
Midfielder/striker Gullit, who lined out at Stamford Bridge from 1995 to 1998, highlights the one-dimensional style of the Argentine as a cause for concern, with Gullit of the opinion that his former side would have been better served moving for a more well-rounded attacker, of the ilk of Liverpool star Roberto Firmino:
‘Higuain is an old-fashioned striker who needs crosses. And, if he plays up front all the time, he will not see many balls there because of the way Eden Hazard and Willian play.’
‘Instead they need a centre-forward who can play in midfield too. (One who can) be effective on the ball as well as be a finisher inside the box. Roberto Firmino, who comes so deep for Liverpool, is the perfect example.’
Quotes via BBC Sport