It’s rather clear there are questions that still need to be answered at Stamford Bridge.
While Chelsea FC’s successor to recently ousted José Mourinho has yet to be chosen, Guus Hiddink—the interim replacement—has attempted to galvanize the Blues following the club’s underwhelming start.
Hiddink has managed to earn two wins and three draws through five matches, earning a +5 goal differential with Chelsea averaging nearly two goals per contest. Despite the increase in goal-scoring, Chelsea is still only averaging 1.33 goals on the year, with a -3 goal disparity in league play.
A key influence of these numbers is the play of controversial striker Diego Costa. Over the course of the 2014-15 season, the Brazilian-born, Spanish international netted 20 goals.
Amidst being plagued by injury and noticeably falling out of favor with Mourinho this season, Costa had notched only four goals through over 15 club matches during Mourinho’s reign this season. However, since Hiddink took over, the turbulent striker has scored four goals to go with an assist.
But is counting on a possibly reformed, healthy Diego Costa enough to prevent the club from pursuing the signature of other strikers before the close of the January transfer window?
Of course, rumors have discussed the possibility of the Blues signing plenty of names, but one of the most intriguing is Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuaín.
To this point, the 28-year-old Argentine has logged a similar amount of playing time to Costa this year, but has generated a higher amount of success to this point.
Higuaín: Games: 19, Minutes: 1,597; Goals Scored: 0.95/game, Chances Created: 1.32/game, Total Shots: 5.11/game, Accuracy: 57%, Attacking Score: 51.16
Costa: G: 17, Min: 1,448; GS: 0.35/game, CS: 1/game, TS: 2.18/game, ACC: 50%, AS: 14.93