From his hold-up play to his ability to drop into space, link up attacks and spread the ball wide effectively, or to offer a threat over the top with his movement, the Argentine showed exactly what Gattuso has been desperate for in that position since he took charge last November.
Given this is a player who has scored 146 goals in 253 games since moving to Italy in 2013, there is little doubt that the goals will come. In the meantime, the experienced striker can continue to put on a clinic as to how to play as the marksman up top in a 4-3-3 system.
Further, there are few better qualified to continue to help with the development of Cutrone. The Italian starlet will be desperate to continue to establish himself as a key figure for Milan moving forward and will be a more willing apprentice than ever with a player of Higuain's credentials in the fold.
Higuain's delightful assist to carve open the chance for his young teammate to score the winning goal against Roma suggested that the pair can even co-exist if Gattuso goes with two up front, and it was just another sign as to how important the summer signing could potentially be this season.
After seeing an effort chalked off against Roma, Higuain will undoubtedly be itching to break his duck and start scoring the goals needed to fire Milan towards achieving their objective this season.
Provided Gattuso can ensure that there is balance in the side so that his star man isn't left isolated in attacking positions, nor is he relied on too heavily, it could be the perfect match. The presence of creative talents such as Hakan Calhanoglu, Suso and Giacomo Bonaventura behind him should be enough to suggest that he'll have plenty of chances this year.