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Christian Pulisic has given Chelsea fans a glimpse of what fans should expect at Stamford Bridge next season with his brilliant performances for the USA in the Gold Cup which has helped them progress to the Gold Cup semifinals.
The 20 year old was signed from Borussia Dortmund for £58 million in January and loaned back to the Bundesliga side until the end of the season.
Against Curacao, Pulisic captained the USA and was the best player for the Americans. He produced a sublime cross that allowed McKennie to convert from close range.
Speaking after the victory, the USA boss Gregg Berhalter made comments about Pulisic that will excite Chelsea fans:
1. “He’s a guy that can lead through performance. I talked to him about being captain in this game, and it was something that he readily accepted.”
The Blues were heavily criticised last season for lacking leaders on the pitch, players in the mould of Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard etc who led by example on the pitch. Berhalter hailed Pulisic for leading through performance and that will obviously excite every Chelsea fan.
2. “You see his work. He’s a guy that — despite getting fatigued in the game — he didn’t stop working.”
If the Blues want to close the gap between us and the top two teams in the Premier League, we need players that will work hard for the team. We had many players not really working hard enough on the pitch last season but Pulisic will hopefully be different. The 20 year old worked off his socks against Curacao and according to his boss, he never stopped working despite getting fatigued. Fans love hardworking players and will definitely love a player like Pulisic.
3. “He has the quality to give a great pass.”
If we are to score as much goals as the top two teams in the league, quality chances must be created regularly for the strikers. Pulisic was hailed for his quality to give a great pass and that is good news for every Chelsea fan.
4. “His defensive work was excellent.”
If we must challenge for trophies next season, we must attack as a team and also defend as a team. Defending shouldn’t be left for defenders alone. Pulisic was hailed for his defensive work against Curacao and that is good news for every Chelsea fan.
Watch Pulisic’s assist against Curacao below: