Chelsea’s interest in Gonzalo Higuain has been well documented. The Blues, who recently landed Maurizio Sarri as their new manager, are seemingly eager to link the manager up with his former main man going forward, and what a move it would be.
Higuain is one of Europe’s best consistent forwards, and during spells at various clubs across the continent, he has impressed with his work rate, quality on the ball, and most of all – his goals.
A move for him on their part, then, makes sense, but should another side muscle in on a move? There are a decent number of top forwards in the Premier League, but one more certainly wouldn’t hurt – and a move to Man Utd, in particular, could make sense.
After all, based on what Higuain did last season, he’s certainly good enough to rival Romelu Lukaku. In a similar amount of minutes last season, they both bagged 16 league goals, whilst just 1 assist separates them both. Now, granted, it wasn’t the best campaign for Higuain, and it’s tough to compare two leagues directly – but the numbers don’t lie, and so perhaps this indicates that they were playing at a similar level last term. Maybe then, bringing him in makes sense.
Make no mistake, Lukaku is the future. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t be helped in the present. Romelu Lukaku is a fantastic lone forward, but can you imagine him alongside Higuain? They’re two of Europe’s most prolific goalscorers, and so naturally, if they were combined, you’d expect Man Utd’s goalscoring rate to go through the roof. There’s also the simple prospect of competition. Lukaku didn’t really have anyone to compete with last term for much of the campaign, and so it’s no real surprise that he wasn’t as lethal as we all know he can be. With someone as good as Higuain breathing down his neck, the results could be extraordinary. Beyond that, simple tutoring is important. Lukaku would get the chance to rival or partner with one of Europe’s best, of course, but he’ll also be able to learn from him every day – and that’s something that can’t be underrated.
There’s also far more that Higuain could offer beyond just being a partner, rival or tutor to Lukaku. He’s experienced across the world, and he’s won a plethora of trophies over the years. If Jose Mourinho wants to breed a culture of winners, he needs winners in the squad – and Higuain is, without a doubt, one of those. He’s done it all in recent years, and he’d be right at home in a new-look Man Utd team that is looking to enter a new era.
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