Gonzalo Higuain could be the signal of the end of Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri if the Argentina striker fails to make his mark at Stamford Bridge.
The Juventus striker, currently on loan at AC Milan, is reportedly on his way to London with expectations to sign a six-month loan deal at the West London side.
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Higuain, whose deal will include an option to be bought on a permanent basis in the summer, has previously worked under Sarri at Napoli.
The 31-year-old scored 38 goals in 42 appearances in the 2015-16 season at Stadio San Paolo. But sports journalist Duncan Castles fears Higuain’s failure in the Premier League could be the end for Sarri at the Blues.
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“[Sarri] needs someone to finish for him and Higuain’s a good choice in that Higuain has played that system with him at Napoli. So he knows where he’s expected to run. He knows where the ball should be coming from, he knows how Jorginho plays,” Castles said.
“So he should be the perfect fit and he should be motivated to score and prove himself.”
“But if it fails with Higuain in the team, with the club accepting what essentially is a public embarrassment of moving Morata out just 16 months after making him their record signing – a move that was described in one English paper as ‘an incredible transfer coup by Chelsea’ in the idea that they beat Manchester United to Morata and got him at a cheaper price than Lukaku. It doesn’t look quite such an incredible transfer coup now. But if he can’t make it work under those circumstances, then I think that very much is the end for Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.”
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Sarri joined the Blues in the 2018 summer replacing compatriot Antonio Conte and has since won 14 times in 23 Premier League games.