American star Christian Pulisic signed for Chelsea about a week ago for a high fee of £58 million, but what does he offer to us? After a week I have reflected on the signing and there are many positives and negatives to this deal…
Recently, with Pedro and Willian receiving some knocks, a Right-Winger looked to be desperately needed, especially with Hudson-Odoi being linked away to Bayern Munich. Despite the Spaniard having a great season under Sarri, both himself and the Brazilian are getting old and Chelsea need to look into the future.
Pulisic is a very young player who has had great experience at the top level, featuring for Dortmund and playing against teams like Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the Champions League. As stated by chelseafc.com, ‘Agile, quick and two-footed, Pulisic is naturally a right winger, but is also comfortable playing on the left or behind a striker.’
For me, the fee for Pulisic isn’t as important due to the current football market and the way our rivals are spending money. Kepa is also an example of a player who had a lot of pressure with his heavy price tag but has turned out to be one of our most important players this season. Although many are unaware that Chelsea do not actually get most of the player shirt fees, his popularity in the U.S.A will certainly help.
Loaning him for six months was really our only option as we did not want to risk another club trying to get him in the Summer, and it also means that Pulisic can regain his form elsewhere and play in the Champions League. Also, it would be much easier for Pulisic to have a full pre season and learn Sarri’s tactics, instead of struggling learning the tactics halfway through the season. While Pedro and Willian’s injuries were only short and with Callum Hudson-Odoi putting some marvellous recent performances, the competion would have been way too tough if Pulisic did arrive now.
One obvious negative about Pulisic’s signing is that it threatens Hudson-Odoi’s place in the squad. If Hazard was still to be with us next season, then that would automatically shift the young winger’s place to the right, where he would have to compete with a player who has a price tag on his back and therefore will need to be playing games. However, if Chelsea are not going to buy a Striker this window, very unlikely, then this could foresee Hazard playing in the advanced role and we could be seeing one of the deadliest front three’s in Europe.
One worrying factor is that his goal product has not been the best over recent years and has been ‘dropped’ by young star Jadon Sancho. The American is still very young and can easily work on his goal product under a more attacking manager. Contradicting the arguments about Sancho, Pulisic has started all games but two in which he was fit, and we all know how hard it can be for a player to return to the starting eleven after an injury.
Overall, Pulisic is a very talented player with a lot of potential, but could force out one of our most exciting youngsters in Hudson-Odoi. For me, it’s a risk worth taking…
Written by @acparee