Inter Miami fans fume at Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuaín for strolling in his own half while his struggling MLS team-mates try to build an attack, with Phil Neville’s side winless in SEVEN matches
- Gonzalo Higuaín looked out of breath in the 35th minute during his team’s attack
- Higuaín said in June that he thought Major League Soccer would be easy enough for him to play with a “cigarette” in his mouth
- Instead, he has been surprised by the competitiveness of MLS, comparing it to Italy’s Serie A after scoring four goals in seven league games this season
- Inter Miami’s 1-1 draw with Philadelphia was team’s first point in seven games
Inter Miami fans were quick to get on star striker Gonzalo Higuaín’s back after he appeared disinterested in contributing to his team’s attack against Philadelphia Union in a video that’s gone viral.
In the clip, Higuaín can be seen walking very slowly with his head down instead of linking up with his teammates in Philadelphia’s half with the scores locked at 0-0.
To make matters worse, the incident occurred in just the 35th-minute of the game.
That’s not really what you want to see from a player reportedly earning a base salary of $7 million-a-year, is it? By the way, that makes him the highest-paid player in MLS.
The 2014 World Cup finalist attracted plenty of criticism on social media as the segment caused something of a storm on Twitter.
Many Twitter users savaged Higuaín for a perceived lack of effort, but there were some he said the clip did not tell the full story
However, Higuaín somewhat proved his doubters wrong with a classy assist in the second half for teammate Robbie Robison’s goal to put Inter Miami ahead.
Robinson’s goal came off a first-time pass from Higuaín with his back to the opposition’s goal to set his team-mate in behind and supply a composed finish.
It was the former Real Madrid, Napoli and Juventus striker’s second assist of the season, but he is yet to show anything close to his best form out in America.
Inter Miami forward Robbie Robinson (19) looks up at the crowd after scoring a goal off an assist from Gonzalo Higuaín (9)
On his debut, Higuaín missed a penalty and then started a fight as Miami fell to a 0–3 defeat to the Philadelphia Union.
In June, he told ESPN that he thought that Major League Soccer would be easy enough for him to play with a ‘cigarette’ in his mouth.
The Argentine, who has scored four goals in seven league games this season, said that he has been surprised by the competitiveness of MLS, comparing it to Italy’s Serie A.
The draw with Philadelphia ends a six-match losing run for Neville’s side that has left them without a win since May. The former Lionesses boss insists that he has the full backing of Beckham and the board going forward, despite the disappointing campaign so far.
In any case, Neville and Beckham will want way more from their star man. Otherwise the franchise will remain bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference table for quite some time.
Phil Neville’s first stint in club management has been an unmitigated disaster up until now, with Miami mustering just nine points from their first 13 games.
Miami’s next game pits them against Montreal, who are currently 17 places higher in seventh.
Can Beckham’s side finally bring an end to their winless run? At this point in time, you wouldn’t want to put money on them picking up a much-needed three points.