Gianfranco Zola: What Gonzalo Higuain will bring to Chelsea FC
Gianfranco Zola explains what he feels Gonzalo Higuain will be able to contribute this season at Chelsea FC
Gianfranco Zola is confident that Gonzalo Higuain can contribute to Chelsea FC to help the Blues enjoy a strong end to the season.
The 31-year-old striker arrived at Stamford Bridge from Juventus on Wednesday night after completing a loan move until the end of the season and linking up with his former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.
Higuain will be aiming to help Chelsea FC string together a series of positive results as Sarri looks to guide the Blues back into the Champions League for next season.
The Argentina striker scored six goals and made one assist in 15 Serie A games for AC Milan on loan from Juventus this season and he will be hoping to hold down a regular fixture in the first team in the coming months at Stamford Bridge.
And Chelsea FC assistant boss Zola seems to think that Higuain will bring some much-needed quality in attack for the Blues.
Speaking at a news conference before Chelsea FC’s FA Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, Zola said: “We know he’s coming from a league where the intensity is maybe a bit lower than the Premier League but we are talking about a player who has scored not only in Italy but everywhere, and in the Champions League, we are talking about a top player.
“I’m confident he can give something to the team, but also confident that the team will give him something.
“There are a lot of positive things which can happen. Twenty years ago, 15 years ago, I would have said it’s a difficult age but now with the level of professionalism and resources the players have, 31 is a good age. The age relates to the person and he takes care of himself.
“I’m sure there are a lot of expectation but Gonzalo is used to it. He’s played for big clubs – Real Madrid, Juventus, Napoli, so I’m sure he can handle those expectations.
“He’s always produced good numbers wherever he’s been and, as I say, this is not a team which is desperate, it’s a team which has to add certain qualities to what it already has.
“We are going to help him get his goals but also he will help the team with his goals.”
Chelsea FC will return to Premier League action on Wednesday night when they travel to Bournemouth in the top flight.
The Blues are currently fourth in the table as they chase Champions League qualification this season.