Christian Pulisic Chelsea Debut: Expert Verdicts on USMNT Star’s Premier League Chances Ahead of First Start

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Christian Pulisic Chelsea Debut: Expert Verdicts on USMNT Star’s Premier League Chances Ahead of First Start

As far as introductions to the Premier League go, Christian Pulisic’s could not come on a grander stage.

The 20-year-old is predicted to make his first aggressive begin for Chelsea when the Blues face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Along with Mateo Kovacic, Pulisic was the one participant Chelsea managed to signal this summer time, earlier than a year-long embargo kicked in.

While the switch ban has difficult Frank Lampard’s homecoming at Stamford Bridge, it might see Pulisic function usually within the staff as Chelsea should make do with its present crop of stars till subsequent yr.

That is to not say there can be no strain on the American’s shoulders, who has emerged as some of the promising younger gamers in European soccer. Pulisic’s price ticket might quickly turn into a burden had been he to wrestle to settle in England. At $73 million, the charge Chelsea paid for the 20-year-old virtually tripled the earlier document for a USMNT participant.

In 4 seasons in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, Pulisic racked up 127 appearances, scoring 19 targets and offering 26 assists.

Chelsea followers will hope he can present an identical output and fill the void left by Eden Hazard’s departure for Real Madrid.

So far, the indicators are good. Pulisic scored twice as Chelsea beat Red Bull Salzburg 5-3 within the penultimate recreation of its preseason, making a superb impression on Lampard.

“I was very impressed with the way that he took the goals,” the Chelsea boss informed reporters. “As a winger in the Premier League, he has to adapt to that league. He is young but with huge potential, and I am happy for him.”

So, how will Pulisic fare within the Premier League?

Here’s what some consultants count on from the American.

Christian Pulisic Chelsea Debut: Expert Verdicts on USMNT Star's Premier League Chances Ahead of First Start
Christian Pulisic of Chelsea appears on in the course of the pre-season pleasant match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Chelsea at Borussia-Park on August 3 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. TF-Images/Getty

Sam BordenESPN

Borden believes Pulisic has the possibility of writing his title in U.S. sports activities historical past if he is profitable at Chelsea.

“The enthusiasm is warranted,” he said.

“Christian Pulisic is the most talented player in American soccer history. And, should he pull it off, what he is about to do—that is, play for Chelsea in the English Premier League—will be one of the most impressive feats in American sports history.”

Jacob SteinbergThe Guardian

Steinberg believes Pulisic will need time to regulate to the Premier League and with Eden Hazard now at Real Madrid he has large sneakers to fill.

“The 20-year-old will need time to settle and the unfortunate truth for [Frank] Lampard is that his attack looks far less daunting without [Eden] Hazard.”

Doug McIntyre—Yahoo Sports

Chelsea has a brand new supervisor in Frank Lampard this season and McIntyre believes the previous England worldwide can be a greater match for Pulisic than his predecessor.

“He [Pulisic] seems significantly better positioned to do well immediately than he did when he first signed,” he wrote.

“[Maurizio] Sarri is gone, having been replaced by club legend Frank Lampard. Lampard may have just one season on the sidelines under his belt—he led second-tier Derby County to the brink of Premier League promotion in May—but he’s probably a better fit for Pulisic than the 60-year-old Italian.”

Landon Donovan—USMNT 2000-2014

Donovan expects Pulisic to achieve success however warns the 20-year-old will not be afforded a lot leeway.

“I can see it being a massive home run for him, [but] Chelsea spends a lot of money on a lot of players,” he told ESPN.

“They have money forever. They can spend $70 million to bring in Pulisic, and if it doesn’t work right away, it’s no problem. They can move on to the next player.”

Thomas DelaneyPulisic’s staff at Borussia Dortmund

Delaney performed with Pulisic at Dortmund and expects his former teammate to settle shortly within the Premier League.

I’m fairly certain he can be a hit,” he informed Goal.com. “He’s acquired large sneakers to fill by way of Eden Hazard, after all, however so far as I do know him, he is a hungry participant with a excessive stage, and it looks like he has the assist from the supervisor and the membership, which each participant wants.

“This guy can pull things out of the hat at any time, which is always a great skill to have. I think the Premier League will enjoy him.”

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