Hasselbaink says Higuain must be frustrated; Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the solution

Chelsea’s poor second half showing on Sunday led to Everton taking all three points, with goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson ensuring the Toffees ran out 2-0 winners.

The Blues, meanwhile, were apathetic in their attacking attempts and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has explained why he thinks Gonzalo Higuain is struggling so much up front.

What did he say?

Well, speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day 2, the former Chelsea striker said:

“When you play that system, 4-3-3, your wide players have to stay wide. They have to get there (near the box), not already be there.

“More often, they are already there and Higuain gets frustrated and starts wandering. And that’s not what Chelsea want.

“I have sympathy with Higuain because they don’t feed him quick enough and he wants to feel the ball.

“But the worst thing that he can do is go wide, because that is not his strength. His strength is between those centre-halves. He needs to demand it more off his team-mates.

“I used to do it as well, going wide, but you quickly realise that it’s the wrong thing to do. You need to play for the team and in your position.”

Help for Higuain

Hasselbaink hints that Higuain doesn’t receive the ball quick enough and that there’s not enough support from his teammates to get the best out of him – his strength lies in getting between the two defenders and making the runs that are difficult to predict from an opposition point of view.

If the wide-men stay out on the wings then someone else needs to get up and bounce off of Higuain – at the moment, the wingers occupy the spaces that the Argentine wants to but, if they don’t anymore, then someone still needs to get up and help him out.

Who, then, out of the Chelsea midfielders, is best at breaking the lines and firing into the feet of the striker? Comfortably Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

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The Blues number 12 doesn’t get nearly enough minutes as he should from Maurizio Sarri and offers something completely different to the rest of the central cohort through his directness. If Higuain needs the ball more often then starting a player who can drive at the opposition, link up with and create space for the 31-year-old is crucial. Loftus-Cheek is the solution.