Jamie Redknapp believes Gonzalo Higuain could be the player to determine the success of Sarri’s career at Stamford Bridge.

“Chelsea’s five title-winning teams have one thing in common,” Redknapp wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. “Jose Mourinho brought Didier Drogba to the club in his first season and the striker was a key component in Chelsea’s triumphs in 2005 and 2006. He then struck 29 goals in 32 games to fire Carlo Ancelotti’s side to the Double in 2010. The arrival of Diego Costa inspired Chelsea to a third title under Mourinho in 2015 and another under Antonio Conte.”

“Since Conte fell out with Costa, Chelsea have lacked a snarling, physical presence at the top of their team. Until now. Maurizio Sarri has not had an A-list centre-forward to work with. Gonzalo Higuain may be a quick fix but you cannot doubt his quality. He can be the missing piece in Sarri’s tactical plan. Let’s see how Chelsea fare with a proper focal point before jumping to conclusions about their manager.”

Higuain has a brilliant record under Sarri when they were together at Napoli. The striker went on to score 36 goals in 37 games.

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