Christian Pulisic was signed by Chelsea during the January transfer window for a fee of around £58million and was immediately loaned back to Dortmund for the remainder of the campaign.
Eden Hazard looks likely to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid at the end of the season and former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot has warned fans that Pulisic would fail at Chelsea if he is expected to replace Hazard.
“I think if you put that pressure on Pulisic it would set him up for failure,” Melchiot told Daily Express.
“I don’t think that you should look at it like that.
“I don’t think Chelsea have bought Pulisic to be the star man straight away.
“He’s definitely one of the most talented players in America.
“But when you look at Dortmund, [Jadon] Sancho is their star man right now.
“Sancho is the one making all the headlines, because he’s doing so well, also because he is dictating a lot.
“When he gets on the ball everybody gets excited because of the pace he has, the skill, everything.
“Pulisic was exactly what he was but now it’s really hard for him to get in the team.
“Now you want to tell me he’s going to be the star man and taking the place of Eden Hazard?
“That is a big, big ask you’re asking the guy.
“I think that’s too much weight that we’re putting on him, I think it would not also be fair for him to arrive at Stamford Bridge already with that pressure on his shoulders.
“I don’t think we should look at him like that.”
Meanwhile Chelsea defender Matt Miazga, currently on loan at Reading, has hailed Pulisic as a world-class talent.
“It is good (to see him join Chelsea). He is a world-class talent,” Miazga told Goal.
“You saw at a young age what he can do in the Bundesliga. This season he has been injured a lot, so it has been difficult for him to kick on, but everyone knows the talent he possesses, he is a great player.
“He possesses a talent where he is very comfortable on the ball in tight space. You don’t see that too often from American players, to have that level of technical ability and savviness in tight spaces to get in and out and create goalscoring opportunities.
“You can see from his play that he can create those goalscoring opportunities, and be a nuisance for a defender on the wing. He can isolate a defender and beat him one-on-one with speed and technique. Chelsea have added a great player, and I think he will add a lot, particularly beating players one-versus-one.
“He is a world-class player or on that trajectory. Next season I hope he can really kick on with Chelsea and showcase his talent and help the club. It is nice to see young American players playing in Europe. Particularly in the Bundesliga, Premier League, Dutch league and Championship.
“Making that move gives you confidence. You see a big club pay big money for an American player, it is good, it inspires young players in America to keep working and move forward. Hopefully, many people follow in his path.”