Is Gonzalo Higuain the right man to replace Diego Costa?

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Diego Costa could find his time at Chelsea cut short as Jose Mourinho is looking at Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain to change the fortunes of Chelsea football club, according to the Mirror.

Mourinho has reportedly stated that in order for things to change at Stamford Bridge he needs to trim the fat from his team, so to speak.

The Sun have claimed the 52-year-old thinks fortunes will change and that he needs to "remove the bad apples in the squad and get the club moving in the right direction again."


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One of the casualties looks to be the London club's top scorer from last season, Costa. Despite contributing 20 goals to help bring the Premier League back to the Bridge this summer, the Brazilian has suffered the dreaded second-season syndrome, managing to find the net twice in a stuttering start to the season for Chelsea.

Is Higuain the answer?

The Argentine international is in a rich vein of form at the moment and will be on the radar of many clubs but none more so than Chelsea's.

The Blues are struggling to find the back of the net, doing so 16 times so far, ten less than leaders Manchester City.

Costa is severely out of form and seems to be going out to rub people up the wrong way instead of doing his job of scoring goals. His rivals haven't fared much better, Loic Remy has failed to impress for the Blues and Radamel Falcao has still not found that lethal touch since his unfortunate knee injury in 2014.

Higuain is certainly a fantastic player who would significantly help Chelsea with their forward prowess. The Napoli man is immensely strong, likes the ball at his feet and is capable of holding up the play for the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Pedro to join the attack.

Although one question remains: what has Higuain got that Costa doesn't?

And the answer seems to be not a lot, two similar strikers but one is just out of form.

It would be surprising if Chelsea were to let Costa go for the sake of Higuain. If anything, the Blues should bring Higuain in to help bolster the attack and try and create a deadly strike force.

However, with Mourinho's preference for just one striker up front, there would be a battle to be top dog at Chelsea, which should - you would hope - only intensify the fight from Costa to find that form which made him so deadly and fearsome last season.

Is Higuain available?

Despite Mourinho wanting to make changes in January, he may have to wait until the summer before he can bring in the former Real Madrid hitman.

Chelsea would have to pay a fair price for Higuain as he is believed to be Napoli's prized asset. Reports are also circulating Chelsea are considering recalling on-loan striker Patrick Bamford, who managed an impressive 17 goals for Middlesbrough last season, to help create some competition for the striking role.

Costa will have a chance to find some of that venomous form he possesses if he plays in the friendly against England on Friday.

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