The Lowdown: Wingers wanted
It was revealed by Italian football journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano last week that the St. James’ Park outfit are looking to sign wingers in January, and will identify targets during the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Pulisic is one player who has been linked as a target in the North East for January and will of course be in action for USA this month, and Hutton is full of praise for the possible deal.
The Latest: Pulisic move backed
Speaking to Football Insider, the former top flight defender said that Pulisic would ‘100 per cent’ choose a move to Tyneside in January, and that it would be an ‘easy decision’ for the Chelsea winger:
“100 per cent.
“It is pretty much an easy decision. He has come back into the Chelsea team in recent weeks, but he has not really been playing a position where he feels most comfortable. But he is back within the playing squad.
“If Newcastle did come in for him it is something that he would definitely sit up and want to think about. I think there is only one direction that they are going in at the moment and it is definitely something that you would want to be part of.
“It will be a huge decision for him, and I do not think he would take that one lightly.“
The Verdict: Worth a punt?
There is no doubt that Pulisic lacks consistency in his game, with a total of 31 goal contributions over four seasons in the Premier League, and Chelsea would have expected higher numbers from their £58m signing.
However, it is a different story at international level, as Pulisic has netted 21 times and provided 12 assists in 52 senior caps for the USA (Transfermarkt), and is set to star and captain the side in the World Cup against England and Wales.
He is still only 24 years of age, and so there is plenty of room for improvement should he sign for the Magpies.
Nonetheless, if they could negotiate his £150,000-per-week wages down, he could turn out to be a shrewd purchase.
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