After two games played in the Premier League season, Christian Pulisic has managed to play 33 minutes. There has been speculation Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel doesn’t trust the young American, and with a World Cup just months away, game time will be important. Many clubs have been linked with Pulisic, but finding the right fit is easier said than done.
Manchester United have enquired about a loan move for Chelsea's Christian Pulisic, sources have told ESPN. pic.twitter.com/Rq93VFKzVd— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 17, 2022
When Christian Pulisic moved from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea, it was groundbreaking. An American would be playing at one of the biggest clubs in England, and he would be one of the key focal points of its attack. Unfortunately for Pulisic, and American fans everywhere, this never really reached fruition.
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Limited minutes have been the Achilles heel of his time in London as he failed to hit double digits in goals during each of his three campaigns. However, his 0.68 goals and assists per 90 in his debut season showed just how high his ceiling is. Last season he finished with 0.56 goals and assists per 90, but with almost 500 fewer minutes played. He's clearly able to contribute at a high level, he just needs to find a place to do it. Enter, the transfer window.
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Newcastle United face competition from Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Juventus in their efforts to sign Christian Pulisic from Chelsea.Chelsea are willing to listen to loan offers and are aware of interest from Newcastle, with whom they enjoy a close relationship, per DailyMail. pic.twitter.com/kCtiqQCqhr
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Rumors have been circulating for days now surrounding a potential move to a host of clubs. But while Newcastle United, Atlético Madrid, AC Milan and Juventus have remained rumors, it appears Manchester United is genuinely interested. A loan move looks the most likely option with Pulisic reportedly “up for it,” according to The Athletic.
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But is this move a good idea for Pulisic? Suggesting Pulisic could start ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho or Marcus Rashford seems a bit of wishful thinking. However, when looking at the stats, he might just have a case to start ahead of the latter pair at least.
Last season, in goals and assists per 90, Pulisic (0.56) actually ranked above both Rashford (0.44) and Sancho (0.28). In expected goals and assists per 90, the gap remains as Pulisic’s 0.44 again stands above the English pairing with Sancho’s 0.36 and Rashford’s 0.32. Does this mean Pulisic is absolutely better than both Sancho and Rashford? No, but it definitely is an indication Pulisic would not be as out of place in Manchester as many might assume.
~Open play goals and assists last season in the PL and UCL~Mason Mount: 18 in 2873 minutes, or every 160 minutes
Christian Pulisic: 11 in 1656 minutes, or every 151 minutes
Pulisic deserves consistent minutes if he’s fit. pic.twitter.com/MwkcHJXpdO
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If the deal falls through, however, as many other Manchester United deals have recently, there are still options for Pulisic. The aforementioned Newcastle move also seems to be on the cards, and, if it was completed, he’d walk straight into a starting spot, according to Sebastian Salazar.
Would Newcastle be a good landing spot for Pulisic? pic.twitter.com/JnRGC16Nn9— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 16, 2022
With the other clubs, a move outside of England would make Pulisic have to adapt to a new environment and playstyle, something the American should be wary of when feel and form are so crucial for the trip to Qatar this fall. If he were to move away from Stamford Bridge for this year, his best bet would be either Newcastle or Manchester United.