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With Christian Pulisic set to stay at Chelsea, it’s now or never to make Premier League move work

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With the transfer window closing in a matter of days, it looks like Christian Pulisic won’t be joining the large contingent of USA male international players to move to a new club this summer. According to The Athletic, Pulisic will stay at Stamford Bridge this season despite interest from Manchester United and Newcastle United. He has also attracted interest abroad at clubs like Juventus and AC Milan, but will spend another season in the Premier League.

Despite Chelsea’s attacking problems, the young American played just 76 minutes in the first four games of the season and expressed interest in moving somewhere where he could play regularly. As Pulisic plays a vital role for the United States Men’s National Team, it is also in his interest to get consistent playing time ahead of the World Cup, especially as his teammates have been getting hit moves. this summer. Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams propel Leeds United up the Premier League table, Chris Richards has landed at Crystal Palace, Jordan Pefok is doing well in the Bundesliga with Union Berlin and the goalkeepers have all been granted moves to secure the time of game. Even Josh Sargent comes out of nowhere to show fine form with Norwich City.

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With the departures of Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku, there was less financial incentive to move Pulisic this summer, and with a a deal for Anthony Gordon seems unlikely, Chelsea is quite light at winger. The departure of Callum Hudson-Odoi with Anthony joins Manchester United and Alexander Isak joining Newcastle were the final straws keeping him at Chelsea.

He has two years left on his contract with Chelsea, but after finishing last season on a high with one goal and one assist in his last three Premier League appearances, Pulisic has been left out. With American investor Todd Boehley currently owner and interim sporting director, it’s no shock he’s not moving as he’s a good marketing tool for the team to attract American fans, but with Leeds United having Americans starting games, that could change sooner rather than later.

After all, he was a versatile striker for Chelsea with 25 goals and 19 assists in 119 appearances. Although he struggled for consistency, it’s a better rate than his 19 goals and 26 assists in 127 appearances for Borussia Dortmund. Reuniting with his former manager Thomas Tuchel was supposed to help him rise to a new level in the Chelsea blue, but he was instead seemingly relegated to the doghouse.

At 23, it’s now time for one of the biggest challenges of his career, and it shows the fight and resilience needed to get back into Chelsea’s attack. Kai Havertz’s struggles could open the door for Pulisic as the German has only been involved in two goals in his last ten league appearances for the club. This season, despite a solid showing on the opening matchday of the season against Everton, Havertz has created just one chance in Chelsea’s last two games and hasn’t fired a single shot despite playing 180 minutes in support of Sterling.

While Havertz brings a good presence off the ball, Tuchel cannot continue to rely so heavily on his winger for chance creation. Pulisic can come in and out of games, but he’s a player who can provide the spark Chelsea need, albeit a more consistent presence on the bench. Twelve minutes here and five minutes there, it’s not possible for a player to become familiar with a role.

With so many games Chelsea will eventually have to dive into their depth and play Pulisic. At that point, it’s up to the American to make sure he’s too good to spend a long spell on the bench again.

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