Christian Pulisic is officially a member of the blue brand in West London. At just 20 years of age, Pulisic was one of the most sought after players in Europe before Chelsea were able to sign him for 60 million Euros, which made him the most expensive U.S. player in history.
The American primarily plays on the right side of the midfield, but is capable of playing on the left and centrally in an attacking position.
In his career as a professional, he has the best production along the right side of the pitch. He is known to be a speedy player that has great ball control which adds to his ability to weave through defenders and create opportunities for his strikers.
Pulisic has 25 caps for the U.S. and has amassed a total of 11 goals and 9 assists in that time. He most recently wore the captains armband for the second time in his international career during the 2019 Gold Cup.
Domestically, Pulisic has been a part of Borussia Dortmund and at his young age playing 90 matches at an elite club, which is impressive in itself. He produced a total of 13 goals and 18 assists in the Bundesliga over his career.
He also has experience in the Champions League while at Dortmund, playing in a total of 22 games, scoring 2 and adding 3 assists over 3 years.
The experience alone in a competition like the Champions League could play a big role in his progression as a professional. Chelsea as a team will benefit from this as they continue into another year of European football.
Can Pulisic replace Hazard as an FPL asset?
The realistic answer is no. Pulisic is coming into a year where Chelsea is, yet again, changing managers and starting a sort of rebuild without Eden Hazard, one of the best players of all time, let alone for Chelsea.
The strikers up front have yet to prove their worth and the back line is still ageing.
Now the positives for Pulisic is that he is 20 years old, he has immense potential, and can bring a very real spark to a club that is desperate for a new blue star. He has time to adapt and assimilate into the English game.
The Fantasy Premier League experts have the American priced at a tempting 7.5 million.
That starting price does offer lots of optimism as most FPL managers will spend more than that on the elite players, i.e. Salah, Mane, Sterling, Aguero, etc.
Adding Pulisic from the get go however, would be a bad idea in my opinion due to the uncertainty of Chelsea as a club at the moment. Additionally, it is rare that newcomers to the league create an immediate impact for their new club.
My suggestion would be to add him to your watch list and see how things line up for Chelsea over the first month or so.
Eden Hazard was one of the best footballers and FPL players for years during his time at Chelsea and replicating any of his numbers would be a welcome surprise to Chelsea fans and FPL players alike.
Let’s hope Pulisic can prove me wrong – I will be watching his progress intently.