Christian Pulisic has been ‘loosely’ linked with quite a few clubs during the past 6 months. This is due to the fact that he has a great potential, combined with the fact his current contract has less than 12 months to run.
This would have definitely set a lot of clubs on alert, as expiring contracts ensure you can get the player for very cheap if you cut a deal with the club, or for FREE & without compensation if the players contract expires.
Pulisic has a high potential, aswell as being extremely marketable. He’s from USA, there aren’t many players who have played in the Top Leagues from America, so it would increase fan base with the club who signs him, which has turned out to be Chelsea.
It won’t surprise me now to see Chelsea become one of the most followed teams in the USA, as all of the fans will want to see ‘their boy’ performing well… much like English fans are with Jadon Sancho.
I must say though, what an incredible deal Dortmund have here. Yes, they have lost their potential world-beater. However, for £57m in the Bundesliga, you can probably buy 3-4 world beaters!
Dortmund have sold a bench-warmer, with less than 12 months left on his contract, to re-loan him until the end of the season and they are getting £57m.
This post is going to be based on Pulisic, but it also will mention the Chelsea FC failings, such as What is next with Hudson Odoi? He’s fell down the pecking order with this new signing, but he doesn’t play enough as it is.
- Signing Pulisic is a huge positive for Chelsea FC, as it shows they still have huge pulling power as a club. It was rumoured that Spurs, Arsenal & Liverpool were all interested in the Young American.
- Pulisic is a potential marketing machine. USA don’t have many good players, so this will definitely bring in revenue. It seems citizens of the USA are huge fans of the Premier League, but they’ll be even more intrigued to see how their main man is performing.
- Chelsea have started their business early, showing their intent in the market & that they support Sarri.
- As he is young, Chelsea have a long term plan with this winger. Pedro, Willian & Moses are all approaching retirement, so Chelsea really need to start looking for alternatives.
- Chelsea have reinforced their squad. Taking age out of the equation, Chelsea don’t actually have many wingers, yet alone top quality ones!
- Maybe, just maybe, the arrival of Pulisic will get Morata scoring? It’s a tough ask, but you never know!
Let’s get started with the price tag. It’s been reported he’s going to cost £57m. He’s no proven talent, in fact he’s actually pretty raw. He hasn’t played much this season, as Bruun Larsen has kept him on the bench for quite a period!
Although Pulisic played 61 games between 2016-2018, he only scored 7 times, assisting a further 11. This isn’t top quality returns, so it’ll be interesting to see if he holds a position in the first team squad.
A giant cause for concern is the amount of players that Chelsea have out on loan. Could Pulisic be sent out on loan and forgotten about? We don’t think that’s the case, as it’s not easy to buy something for 57m and forget!
However, looking at their recent transfer record, it’s not been great. It gives us the indication that anything can happen. Let’s have a quick look:
Bakayoko – Purchased for £36m, sent out on loan and forgotten about after a disaster debut season.
Drinkwater – Purchased for £35m, sent on during the 60th minute of the Community Shield. Forgotten about & replaced with Jorginho & Kovacic.
Zappacosta – Purchased for £23m, has currently played 18 minutes in the Premier League, making 2 appearances.
It’s a risk, but this hopefully will be one that pays off for Chelsea.
I would say at this moment in time, Dortmund have definitely got the better end of the deal.
Pulisic has been benched for most of the 18/19 season, where Dortmund are playing their best football, sitting top of the Bundesliga.
£57m will go a long way in their squad, as Bundesliga is a league with less money, so they can probably get 2 star players in, having only lost one rotational player.
It’s not looking great for the Chelsea youngsters out to impress. Players such as Hudson-Odoi, Loftus Cheek and maybe even Barkley to an extent will see their game time reduced.
Their management can’t think too highly of these players, or they wouldn’t need to spend money on a replacement.
Ultimately, these players may face a crossroads as many other youth players have, continue going out on loan, or find a new club.