Argentine youngster Gonzalo Higuain has jumped to the top of the strikers queue at Real Madrid.

Real coach Bernd Schuster now sees Higuain as Ruud van Nistelrooy's No1 understudy - ahead of the likes of Javier Saviola and Roberto Soldado.

Schuster has been playing Higuain on the flank this season, but sees his long-term position in central attack. The German, working closely with assistant Manuel Ruiz, has been impressed by Higuain's clever movement off the ball, which is seen as being far advanced compared with Soldado and Saviola.