Chelsea took a big step towards securing Champions League qualification after sneaking past Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
A sumptuous early goal from Pedro was followed up by a pinpoint second half curler from Willian as the Blues made sure to capitalise on Arsenal’s earlier slip-up.
The Gunners are currently Chelsea’s closest challengers for that coveted fourth spot, but after losing to West Ham earlier in the day, the north London side are languishing nine points behind their city rivals.
However, the season promised so much more for Chelsea early on, with the Blues right up there challenging the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City for top spot.
Sadly, their season fell away dramatically in December, and now they will be fully focused on making sure they secure a top-four finish.
One of the Blue’s biggest hinderances this season has been the form of Alvaro Morata in front of goal.
The Spaniard simply has not been up to standard, struggling to make any sort of impact for the Stamford Bridge side.
It really is a sorry state of affairs for the 26-year-old, especially when you consider that he was brought in to replace the prolific Diego Costa.
Morata’s woeful form in front of goal has unsurprisingly led to plenty of speculation that Maurizio Sarri could be in the market for a new frontman as he looks to add more attacking bite to his side.
The striker market, however, is far from saturated and so it may be difficult to coax new players to the club at this time of the year.
One name that has been doing the rounds though, is that of AC Milan forward Gonzalo Higuain, who certainly has the potential to be an upgrade on Morata.
Gattuso speaks out
Now, Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has spoken out on the rumours linking the striker with a move to Chelsea and his comments certainly are telling.
“When a player makes up his mind it becomes hard to convince them otherwise,” said Gattuso of Higuain as per Sky Sports.
“I have a relationship with him that features great honesty, we say things to one another’s face.
“At the moment, he’s our player and we’re holding on tightly to him. I don’t know what will happen.
“We’ll see what happens. If it was up to me, I’d keep him at my house and feed him my dinner.”
Well then, it looks like Gattusso feels that the Argentinean has made up his mind.
There is no doubting that Chelsea need to add more goals to their game, and Higuain fits the bill to do just that.
Could Higuain be the solution to Chelsea’s striker troubles?