Christian Pulisic has been all over the news. Moreso, for headlines he wouldn’t want associated with him. The chance for the Chelsea winger to remind Lampard of his quality on the international scene came to a halt when USA coach Gregg Berhalter pulled him off the match, insisting the player had light fever and was exhibiting flu- like symptoms in the second half.
Anyone who had watched the match however would have known that was not the real reason the USA coach substituted Pulisic who after going off the pitch mouthed “I’m fine” before sitting frustratingly on the bench.
It has been a rough start to the season for the 21-year-old winger with new side Chelsea. From trying to settle into Lampard’s game style and making several errors to the fear of not getting enough game time because of his poor performances.
This season, Chelsea has lost to Manchester United, were defeated on penalties by Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup and drew at home against Leicester City and somehow Pulisic had been involved in all of those three games.
He was unable to do much at Old Trafford, although he did manage an assist against the European Champions and that has pretty much been one of his best moments in a Blues shirt. Against the Foxes, though, he had little influence on proceedings and was substituted with 19 minutes to go.
In his country’s recent loss, the match was still in a goalless draw but ended in a 2-0 loss for the Americans, and his display will somehow affect his confidence as he was reported to have shed tears off the bench.
The 21-year-old would have hoped to make an impact for his country-side with the hopes that his display would help boost his chances of getting a first team chance at Chelsea but the hope was dashed for him.
His emotional reaction to the change and the shocking defeat to his side however has had many Chelsea fans talking, sharing their opinion about the American’s form and this leads us to just one question.
Is Pulisic overrated?
Judging by his Premier League stats, Pulisic hasn’t had time to prove or show his talent. He has only had 5 appearances for Chelsea with no goal at all. He has two assists, four shots (One on target) and has only managed a 25% shooting accuracy.
He has a total of 113 passes and an average of 22.60 passes per match with two
big chances created and one through ball.
For someone who hasn’t had the chance to play much, those numbers aren’t all that bad and who knows how well he could improve if given the chance to. His Chelsea numbers doesn’t reflect how much of a player he was in Dortmund.
In Dortmund, being the scorer of Borussia Dortmund’s 3,000th goal is merely a
side-note in his career. He played a total of 70 games scoring 9 goals with 13
assists and a top speed of 21.4mph (Bundesliga Stat) which makes it hard for
most players to keep up with him.
At the age of seven, Pulisic was already dipping his twinkle toes in European waters at English minnows Brackley Town. By 16, buoyed by a career-shaping stint with the Pennsylvania Classics developmental academy, he had joined Dortmund. After winning youth titles at Under-17 and U-19 level, he was invited by then Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel to train with the first team during the 2015/16 winter break.
Simply judging the youngster and tagging him overrated based on one bad season(mid-season) in a club he is still trying to settle into is not fair on his reputation. It is okay for fans to get impatient and want to see him start getting better but it won’t lead anywhere if he doesn’t get the chance to develop himself.
If anything at all, taking him off during the game against Canada wasn’t a goodfate for him to suffer and will definitely affect the youngster’s confidence going forward considering he is the team’s star player that could have led them to a victory.