Leeds United and Newcastle United were both heavily linked with a summer move for Chelsea midfielder Christian Pulisic, and Jamie Carragher has now urged the American to leave Stamford Bridge.
The 24-year-old joined the Blues in 2019 for a fee of £58 million (BBC). Many saw him as Chelsea’s next big thing, but injuries and inconsistency have harmed him over the years.
Pulisic has appeared in 128 games for Chelsea in all competitions since joining the club three years ago. He has, however, only scored 26 goals, which is simply insufficient for someone of his calibre.
Yesterday, Carragher saw Pulisic’s old pal Timo Werner play for RB Leipzig against Real Madrid. He believes that the American should follow Werner’s lead and leave Chelsea to further his career.
When asked if Pulisic should leave, the pundit said on CBS Sports last night, as quoted by The Mirror, “100%.”
“A lot of footballers are unique. When I see certain players at clubs for a long time and they never really break into the team, it makes me wonder. That is why I believe Thierry [Henry] respects Timo Werner. Rather than sitting on the bench for another year or two, he’s returned to a team where he’ll play every week.
“And I just think Pulisic is at a point now where there have been a few managerial changes.” It appears that he is getting more of a chance under Potter, but I believe that Graham Potter is a manager who changes it up every game so that everyone gets a chance. So he may believe he is getting more chances to prove to the manager that he belongs in that recognised 11.
“But he’s been there for a few years now, and for whatever reason, it hasn’t quite happened for him, and maybe Dortmund is a level below Chelsea, who are attempting to win the Champions League – we know Pulisic was a part of that win.” But you must eventually make that choice. I don’t believe you can stay in the position he’s been in for the last two or three years.”
Pulisic will enter the final 18 months of his contract in January, and he could be a target for a number of clubs during the winter transfer window.
Both Leeds and Newcastle have set this as a goal
During the summer transfer window, it was reported that Newcastle and Leeds United were both interested in signing Pulisic from Chelsea.
Newcastle manager Fabrizio Romano even admitted last month that the club was ‘obsessed’ with Pulisic and were desperate to sign him in the summer. However, they only wanted him on loan, which was not what Chelsea desired. (What a Golazo)
With Pulisic’s contract expiring in January, there’s a good chance Chelsea will try to get rid of him, especially if they bring in another attacker.
Leeds and Newcastle will be on high alert as a result, and the 24-year-old American could be an excellent signing for either club.