Christian Pulisic has been a name generating much excitement for a number of seasons. The American is one of Borussia Dortmund’s brightest talents and has naturally drawn attention from the Premier league’s biggest clubs.
The 20-year-old is a top talent for sure, however given Chelsea’s current famine of options in front of goal, their willingness to spend £70 million and more on Pulisic seems a tad misguided. Yes he’s a top player, one of the best in his age group, but as a natural winger, he does not offer the potency in front of goal that Chelsea really need.
Reliable strikers are in short supply at Stamford Bridge this season and with Hazard’s current blip in form, Sarri needs regular scorers to chip in urgently.
Chelsea have been excellent so far this season under Sarri. They have played some really neat stuff and hit the ground running after a hit and miss campaign last year. However, a growing problem in the background has been their weak forward line.
Giroud and Morata have hardly been free scoring for The Blues, and the concern must surely be as to whether either are strong enough to maintain a title challenge in the coming years.
Giroud, at 32, is still an excellent footballer, but has only really played a bit part role for Chelsea thus far. Morata’s poor form has been exaggerated, as is often the case, but big question marks remain as to whether or not he is the 25 goal a season man required at this level.
Their lack of regular goal scorers is also starting to bite as their league form has wobbled recently. Two defeats out of their last three games highlights the need for urgent recruitment in their forward line.
All of the above, of course, had been conveniently masked by the top class form of Eden Hazard. The Belgian has been at the top of his game and led the line for Chelsea with brimming confidence. His form has dropped slightly though and exposed a few cracks in the Chelsea forward line.
He’s currently without a goal since an early October win at Southampton. While he has not been poor for Sarri’s men during his dry run, his influence has certainly been constricted.
The likes of Willian and Pedro are match winners on their day, but neither are truly prolific scorers and that is the crux of the matter facing Chelsea.
They need a 20 to 30 goal a season man if they are to challenge consistently for the title. The squad is not greatly lacking elsewhere, so it really is a position they can prioritize.
Hazard’s future remains the subject of much debate. Real Madrid continue to be heavily linked. While Pulisic is not a like for like replacement, he could represent a marquee signing, to lift the mood at Stamford Bridge, if they do ultimately lose their best player.
For them to be so heavily in for Pulisic, a winger with 24 career goals to his name really is an odd one. When framed with their stark lack of forwards and wealth of options in the positions Pulisic plays in, their willingness to part with seventy odd million for him does seem strange.
It could well be a ploy to ratchet up his price tag, but with the club so heavily linked, the interest does appear genuine. Pulisic looks a real top talent and in that regard, you can see why anybody would want him. His aggressive, quick bursts of pace and bold one-on- one play would be perfect in the Premier League as well. The attraction is obvious, but whether or not he is what Chelsea really need is doubtful.