Columbus Crew head coach Robert Warzycha is absolutely thrilled with the positive influence Federico Higuain has made since he arrived at the club.
The 27-year old Argentine striker made his Crew debut on August 20 in a 2-2 draw with Houston Dynamo and since then, the Ohio club has won four matches on the trot.
During that time, Higuain has scored three goals and assisted on six others and his impact has certainly not been lost on Warzycha.
“I sense from him what he is passing on to the team,” Warzycha told the Columbus Dispatch.
“When he starts a game, he believes we are going to win. Not if, not maybe, but definitely.
“In Philadelphia (last week) at halftime I told him that this was a tough, physical game and if he didn’t have the legs, I’d take him out. The game was tied. He said, ‘You can take me off when we score a goal. We’re going to win.’”
But Higuain preferred to step out of the limelight when being praised for Columbus’ good run, saying that there have been a number of things going right for the team lately.
“Some of it can be attributed to good fortune, some of it to the will of the team to do well in training and in games,” Higuain said through an interpreter.
“It’s going well. It feels comfortable. I appreciate how welcoming everybody has been. It has made the transition easy.”