‘Don’t play him in that position again’ — Liverpool legend admits Chelsea player is ineffective

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Chelsea came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-1, but it’s a game where Thomas Tuchel’s side had to look a different side in the second half.

Tuchel has been playing Christian Pulisic as a false nine, in the absence of a natural striker, and Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp believes that Tuchel shouldn’t play Pulisic in that role again claiming that the American is ineffective in that role.

According to Redknapp, the game changed for Chelsea once Romelu Lukaku was introduced at half time.

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“He loves that right-sided channel where he can cut in on his left foot,” Redknapp said.

“From minute one he just made such a difference with that confidence.

“When you think about the way Chelsea have played these last few games… yes, it can work without having an out-and-out number nine. They’re tried it with so many players, but it didn’t work with Pulisic.

“As soon as Lukaku was brought onto the pitch everything started to click. You can play him deep, he can run in behind, he can be that focal point, as a midfield player you can pop it into him and he’ll bounce it back to you.

“So many times they kept losing the ball, they didn’t have anyone to get hold of it until he came on. He gives them something completely different.”

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