Zola says Higuain must read the 'weaknesses' of the Premier League to succeed at Chelsea

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Ahead of kick-off against Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening, new Chelsea signing Gonzalo Higuain was presented to the home fans. 

His transfer from AC Milan has dominated the headlines this month and on Wednesday, the Blues finally announced what many had been expecting. 

The Argentine striker will link up with his former Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri in London, and it's well-known that the Chelsea boss was pushing for his arrival. 

The pair had some serious success together in Italy, with Higuain scoring a Serie A record 36 goals in the 2015/16 season as Napoli finished second behind Juventus. 

Now though, the striker needs to prove himself all over again in England. And history suggests that it won't be easy. 

Countless players have tried and failed to adapt to the pace and physicality of the Premier League and after Higuain's dip in form this season, many have already written him off.  


Of course, some players have done very well after moving to an English club - and one of them happens to be Chelsea's assistant manager, Gianfranco Zola. 

Like the club's latest signing, Zola arrived from Italy too, joining from Parma in 1996. But the similarities of Higuain's situation don't end there. 

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Many eyebrows have been raised because of Higuain's age. He's 31-years-old and it's clear that he's been signed to fix a short-term problem up front. 

Zola was approaching his 'Twilight years' when he moved to Chelsea too, yet the Italian still went on to become a club legend. 

There's plenty of hope for Higuain then. And, to help him settle in England, Zola has given him some advice about adapting to the tough level of competition. 



"Maybe 20 years ago I might have said it was a difficult age, but now with the level of professionalism and resources 31 is a good age," Zola said, speaking in a press conference.

"I am sure there are a lot of expectations, but I am also sure Gonzalo is used to it. He has played for big clubs and I am sure he can handle it. We are going to help Higuain.

"I think it is very important to read the league and read the weaknesses of the league, to have an open mind. 

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"With him, it will be the same, he will be looking at the defenders and see when they make mistakes. I am sure he will be studying it."

As long as Higuain is able to read the weaknesses of the league and can capitalise on mistakes that the opposition make, Zola believes that his move will work out well. 

Only time will tell though and the striker will likely get his first taste of English football in Sunday's FA Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday. 

Gianfranco Zola
Maurizio Sarri
Gonzalo Higuain
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