Is Chelsea’s number nine shirt really cursed? We’ll soon find out for sure.
Gonzalo Higuain has taken the No. 9 from Alvaro Morata, who is joining Atletico Madrid on loan for an option to make the move permanent at the end of the season, and is expected to make his debut in the FA Cup fourth-round tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday night.
However, it’s been a while since a Chelsea player wearing the No. 9 shirt has been a success.
You have to go right back to the early 2000s, when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was banging in the goals for the Blues, for the last success story.
Since then the number has been worn by Mateja Kezman, Hernan Crespo, Khalid Boulahrouz, Steve Sidwell, Franco Di Santo, Fernando Torres, Radamel Falcao and, most recently, Morata.
Higuain hasn’t enjoyed his best season so far - the Argentina international only managed to score eight goals in 22 games during his spell at AC Milan after being loaned out by Juventus - and some fans are a little concerned that he might be past his best to make a serious impact in the Premier League.
However, footage from Higuain’s first training sessions might help to ease those concerns.
The 45-second video shows the South American forward looking extremely sharp. Some of those finishes are top notch, to be fair.
Watch the video here…
Chelsea fans have all seem to be feeling extremely positive after seeing the footage.
They all seem to be in complete agreement that goals are now inevitable with Higuain leading the Blues’ forward line, rather than the unconvincing Morata.
It must also be encouraging to Chelsea supporters to see Higuain looking in such great physical condition.
The 31-year-old has been mocked for being a little overweight on several occasions during his career but currently looks in excellent shape.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised if Higuain takes English football by storm over the next few months.
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