Higuaín, Matuidi and beyond

Well it has been an up and down ten days or so if you are a member of La Familia. We started off with a very poor performance and defeat away to Nashville, a dull goalless draw against Atlanta (but our first clean sheet), another sub-par performance on the attacking front in a goalless draw with Nashville and then a great victory against Atlanta United. During this time, we have seen a few players improve their performances and the debut of our French midfield General Blaise Matuidi. With strong rumours that Gonzalo Higuain could be joining the ranks imminently taking up our final DP slot it has certainly been a mixed bag!

Our French superstar Monsieur Matuidi got off to a bit of a slow start in his debut against Nashville and you could see he was lacking a bit of match sharpness. This was also reflected in our next match with Atlanta with Matuidi starting on the bench and coming on for the last half hour. In my opinion you will see the undoubted world class that the Frenchman can bring to the side over the next few games, once his fitness is back to where it should be, and I am very excited to see the difference he is going to make to the midfield. He is your typical box to box midfielder and posses the ability to assist the team both defensively and on the attack. You will begin to see some of his creative magic soon, which will in turn create more opportunities for our out and out attackers to bang in the goals. With regards to his defensive abilities, Matuidi’s football brain will be key when it comes to shoring up our defensive line and using it to sniff out any danger from oppositions attack.

Now let us talk about the potential arrival of Higuain and the difference he can make to the Inter Miami attack/squad. I have seen a lot of varied opinions on social media on whether Higuain is a good or bad signing for us. There have been many concerns over his fitness/weight and how that has impacted his play over the last few years. He had fallen out of favour at Juventus with loan spells at AC Milan and Chelsea within the last couple of seasons, so for me the writing was on the wall that he was going to be emptied in the near future.

So, what can La Familia expect from the 32-year-old Argentine frontman? Well although I completely understand the concerns regarding Higuain’s physical condition, the one thing you cannot deny is the man’s ability to find the back of the net. This is an individual who has played at the highest level for some of the biggest clubs in the world and performed everywhere he has gone. If you look at his overall goal stats compared with games played, Gonzalo is sporting an overall record of just better than a goal every two games. Now I appreciate that over the last few years he may not have been as prolific as he was in his younger days, but lets not get stupid and start saying he is passed it by any stretch of the imagination.

Higuain has evolved as a striker over the years and has made changes to his game to suit where his fitness is at. He is no longer the lean youngster we saw at the likes of Real Madrid where he was running defences ragged and sprinting in behind to latch on to a ball over the top. What you are getting now is an intelligent player who will not only get himself in to the perfect scoring positions, but he will also be dragging defenders away from key areas to allow his team mates to take advantage of spaces. I feel the experience and ability of Higuain will improve our current group of young strikers and I am excited to the see the impact this will have on his fellow Argentinian Julian Carranza. Carranza has shown some glimpses of what he has in the locker and under the mentorship of his countryman I would be surprised if more consistency doesn’t come in to his game, coupled with the real finishing prowess that I feel he has been lacking thus far.

My overall opinion is if we can get Higuain in the door and in the peak physical condition he should be in, it will be a great addition to the squad. Along with the recent arrival of Matuidi, you can see the spine of the team really taking shape and I am incredibly positive that this will bring more consistency and victories for us to celebrate.

Vamos Miami!

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