USMNT star Alexi Lalas: Christian Pulisic is too good for Chelsea
American retired football player, Alexi Lalas, has claimed that Christian Pulisic is “too good” for the current Chelsea team and “his talents are being wasted” with the English team, giving no regards as to how much Frank Lampard has spent on the team.
Christian Pulisic’s reputation has been under the microscope ever since he opted for English football. After rising to stardom with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, the 22-year-old moved to west London to experience English football as he was desperate to play in the Premier League during his career.
While injuries have proved to be a pain in Pulisic’s time with Chelsea, the United States international can be one of the most dangerous players for the Blues when he’s fully fit. Pulisic remains a key player for Chelsea and none of their big-money signings have been able to eclipse him yet as the Londoners are still waiting for Timo Werner and Kai Havertz to produce the type of performances they showed at their previous clubs.
The duo’s poor run of form continues to hold Chelsea back, and the investment made last summer doesn’t appear to have improved the team significantly yet, causing Lalas to claim Pulisic is currently being wasted in west London. Speaking on the State of the Union podcast, the former USMNT superstar said:
“This is Chelsea with all the talent they have and all the money they have spent.
“I’ll say it right now; Christian Pulisic is too good for this Chelsea team.
“His talents are being wasted right now at Chelsea, with this Chelsea team that they have.”
Due to fitness and injury issues, the former Dortmund star was sidelined for the first few games of the season and Chelsea struggled without him with the club currently sitting ninth in the table. The latest BoyleSports football betting odds show that Chelsea are 45/1 to win the title this season – a clear sign they haven’t improved on last season. With several players struggling for consistent form, Pulisic was able to walk straight back into the team when he regained full fitness and he’s now starting to find his feet again.
Lalas, who registered 96 appearances for the USA in his international career, commented on Pulisic performance in Chelsea 3-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City last weekend, saying:
“I thought Christian Pulisic was incredible. I know at times it looked like he was trying to do everything himself by taking on two and three players at a time, his quickness, and his one-two touches, all of that kind of stuff.
“If you watch that game [against City], a game in which Chelsea got completely destroyed, I’m hard-pressed to find anybody who wouldn’t watch that game and single out Christian Pulisic as a bright spot.
“That’s not always the case when Christian Pulisic plays, but in this game, I actually appreciated and respected the fact he constantly went searching for the ball. He was constantly doing what he does so well, which is taking players on.
“At times it was two, three players, at times ultimately that last guy would nick the ball, but it wasn’t as if he had options up there so you’d say, ‘why’s he trying to do everything himself’ or, ‘he’s doing too much’.
“Here’s the problem. The way we’re talking about this performance from Christian Pulisic is of a player who shines despite the fact that he is not playing with the best players, or is playing against vastly superior opposition and still being able to show.”
Ever since moving to Stamford Bridge from Borussia Dortmund for a reported fee of £58 million, Pulisic has registered 47 appearances for Chelsea, scoring 13 goals and creating 10 assists in all competitions.
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