Jose Mourinho has not tried to hide the fact he’s after Wayne Rooney but the interest and apparent pursuit of Higuain is new, which suggests he may have started the ball rolling in case he doesn’t manage to nab the Manchester United man.
Chelsea would be signing either striker to do exactly the same role in the current team so it’s important to try and consider who would be more effective leading the Blues’ attack.
Rooney would be a top quality signing for Chelsea and they’d be getting a forward who can play different attacking roles and has a deep knowledge of English football to back that up.
Rooney has bagged just over 25 goals in two of the last four Premier League seasons so his strike rate and competitiveness as a striker is good and the reason for the lower tallies in the other two seasons could be because he’s been played out of position.
Higuain would come into the Chelsea side with no knowledge of English football but a similar goalscoring record. The Argentine managed 16 goals last season, 22 goals in the 2011/2012 season, ten goals in the 2010/2011 season and 27 La Liga goals in the 2009/2010 season.
Higuain may be a better striker in terms of technique but he doesn’t seem to have the ability to be able to adapt to different roles and attacking positions. He’s very much an out and out centre forward, which is a job he’s clearly done very well but Chelsea need players who offer more.
Higuain is probably also slightly better in technique when it comes to retaining possession having spent the majority of his football upbringing in Spain. That’s important consider Chelsea are a pressure building, pass and move sort of side.
Rooney offers Mourinho different options if a conventional set of tactics or a set method doesn’t appear to be working.
He’s shown at Manchester United that he can play a wide position, he can play in the hole effectively and he can dip deep into midfield to link up with other creative players as Chelsea look to build pressure on the opposition and retain the ball effectively.
You’d have to say that Rooney is the better choice because he’s fine tuned to the Premier League, knows the opposition, knows how to score goals in the division and physically he’s used to the hustle and bustle of English football.
Fingers crossed for Chelsea that Manchester United’s chief executive Ed Woodward can’t talk Rooney round, explaining what David Moyes’ recent comments were all about because he could definitely move Chelsea forward another level.
Who would you go with?
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