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Chelsea signed young American forward Christian Pulisic in January for £58 million before letting him re-join Borussia Dortmund on loan for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign.
A lot is expected from the 20-year-old who was named the Best Young Player in the just concluded Gold Cup as he helped the US to the final of the tournament, scoring three goals and creating three more.
Former U.S. national team defender Jonathan Spector has backed Pulisic to do well at Chelsea but doesn’t think he’s at the level of Eden Hazard yet.
“I don’t think he’s quite at that level just yet and there’s no shame in that, Hazard is a brilliant player! But he definitely has the potential if he continues to grow and improve,” Spector said speaking exclusively to AmericanGambler.com.
“But with Hazard leaving it gives him an opportunity, as he needs to play games, especially at that age and at that stage of development. Being a 20-year-old playing for Chelsea is no small feat, so hopefully, he will get that opportunity and there is no telling how good he could be.”
He added: “At 20 years of age, he’s a very, very good player. Incredibly talented, he’s got a great first touch and he just glides past players. From what I’ve seen both in the U.S. and in Germany, he’s a great outlet, so when teams are under pressure you can give him the ball on the wing or in the middle of the pitch and he’s able to get out of trouble.
“He’s very similar to Hazard, but I wouldn’t put him at the same level just yet, and I’m apprehensive to make that comparison as he’s only 20 years of age but he has that ability as a player and if he continues to develop, he’s on the path to becoming the best American player that has ever come through.”