Olivier Giroud has urged Gonzalo Higuain to use his promising debut against Sheffield Wednesday as a springboard for further success at Chelsea.
Higuain, 31, who Juventus have loaned to Chelsea until the summer, was unable to get on the scoresheet in the FA Cup fourth-round tie but displayed excellent positional sense at Stamford Bridge.
Goals from Willian (2) and Callum Hudson-Odoi secured a comfortable 3-0 victory for Maurizio Sarri’s men after a difficult few weeks at the club. Higuain will be in direct competition with Giroud for the central striker role at Chelsea and, in the 82nd minute, was replaced by the Frenchman who went on to set up Willian’s second goal.
Asked about his team-mate’s debut after the final whistle, Giroud replied: ‘Yeah, it’s nice. It is a good start for him.
‘He needs to take the rhythm, you know, because it is totally different to Serie A. But, yeah, for sure he will score goals for us.’
Alvaro Morata is on the verge of a move to Atletico Madrid following Higuain’s arrival and Giroud admits another attacking addition would ‘darken his future’ at the club.
‘I will never make people unanimously satisfied with me,’ the World Cup winner told Canal. ‘There is a little part of regret and frustration.
The public expects a goalscorer to score goals. I’m the fourth best goalscorer of French football and nobody can take that away from me.
‘The coach makes [Eden] Hazard play nine which is detrimental to strikers. But he is the best player I’ve ever played with.
‘If the club decides to get another striker, like Higuain, it will certainly darken my future at Chelsea.
‘I have never said no to a return to France. Lyon and Marseille are two great clubs. My priority is to stay in the Premier League though.’