The Higuain dilemma…
Hello fellow Gooners, I personally am not the pessimist kind and i just want to share my opinion as well as hear yours on this whole Higuain transfer matter. We all know he is a great striker and has been among the best in the world ever since he left River Plate but i noticed a small pattern with him that may be detrimental for him and us if he were to join Arsenal.
When he left River Plate for Real Madrid in 2006 he scored 10 goals in 44 appearances between then and the end of the 2008 season. I’m sure on a few occasions during this time he came on as a sub which may explain his low goal scoring rate. The following season however, he became the prolific striker we’ve known him to be but when he left the Los Blancos for Napoli in 2013, he scored 35 goals in 69 games between then and the end of the 2015 season which is decent and slightly better than Giroud’s average during that same time.
The following season of 2015-2016 he then went one to score a staggering 36 goals in 35 matches and bear in mind that all these stats are solely from La Liga BBVA and the Serie A.
Some of you may have already noticed this but this is my concern; every time he’s moved, it took him about two years to settle and start banging in goals for fun. ”IF” he follows this pattern and joins us that means he will potentially be 31 when he starts scoring prolifically for us with all other factors being constant. Very few strikers have played for a top club after 30-31 and been prolific; and i know that i can’t by any means predict exactly how his transfer will play out but i’m simply going by the numbers.
I, like most if not all of you can’t hide my excitement at the thought of Higuain joining us but i can’t help but prefer us to invest in a younger and talented striker who can do his best to have an impact now and grow even better in the next few years. Nothing guarantees us that Higuain will score even 20 goals for us next season; and if we are going to spend big on an established striker, might as well try our luck with Aubameyang or Lewandowski who have reached their form much quicker after moving.