Adrian Clarke looks at the impact January signings will have at their new clubs.
After spending more than a decade plundering goals in Spain and Italy, Gonzalo Higuain joins Chelsea on loan with a reputation as one of European football’s most lethal strikers.
There is understandable excitement at his reunion with Maurizio Sarri.
In their only season together at Napoli, in 2015/16, the Argentinian enjoyed the best season of his career, scoring an incredible 36 goals in Serie A.
He enjoyed continued success with Juventus, but arrives at Stamford Bridge on the back of a frustrating loan spell at AC Milan.
Will Higuain be an upgrade on Alvaro Morata for a head coach hoping to improve on a goal output that is only the sixth best in the division?
During 2018/19, Higuain has marginally outscored Morata in domestic league action, but his minutes-per-goal ratio and chance-conversion rates are below the Spaniard's.
He received plenty of chances at San Siro, but was uncharacteristically wasteful in front of goal.
That said, the striker’s pedigree is outstanding.
Since he joined Juventus in 2016/17 Higuain has been a fantastic team player, linking moves nicely and delivering more than his fair share of goals.
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His finishing has not been as clinical as during his time at Napoli.
But reuniting with Sarri and linking up with Chelsea’s wonderful wide players could spark a revival that would make him one of the league’s most dangerous strikers in the coming months.
Higuain is superb at assessing space inside the penalty area. Throughout his career his subtle movements have freed him up to latch on to crosses or passes into the penalty area.
These qualities are sure to make him a threat.
On the edge of the box he is dangerous too, playing sharp one-twos and receiving passes on the half-turn within the final 25 yards of the pitch.
Because he is a good reader of the game and can score with either foot, defenders cannot afford to leave him too much space.
At 31, Higuain will face a challenge to replicate his Napoli form, but Chelsea have a striker with wonderful credentials, for whom the Premier League could bring about a renaissance.