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Chelsea heavily relied on Eden Hazard in the past and the club has clearly missed the Belgian following his departure to Real Madrid.
January signing Christian Pulisic was earmarked as one who will take over from the Belgian following his move from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea, but so far, the 20-year-old American seems very far away from the Belgian superstar.
Hazard was known for his ability to take on defenders, but a recent stat has shown that Pulisic loses the ball whenever he tries to do so.
According to a stat by Who Scored, Pulisic has lost the ball 14 times whenever he tried to take on a player, and it’s the second worst in the league this season.
Despite the poor stat, Pulisic has shown that he has the qualities to be a world class player and only needs to improve in this department.
Former Chelsea midfielder Quique de Lucas has revealed that the Blues lack a star player this season following the departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid during the summer but believes Pulisic can become Chelsea’s X-factor.
Speaking to The Athletic, De Lucas said: “They don’t have that star figure we had on the pitch in Zola. That is worrying. They need to find it. Chelsea need to find that X-factor. Maybe it will be Christian Pulisic.
“It’s difficult. No-one has that experience.
“For me, the one that can make the difference, albeit in a different way, has to be Frank. The fact he was part of the 2002-03 side who did it having only signed myself has to help him. He knows the club, what it means to play for the Chelsea shirt.
“The young players have to learn that when you put the Chelsea top on. Everyone is going to try to beat you. You have to be right at the top to win games.”