When Chelsea announced the signing of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund at the start of the year, it was probably fair to say not every supporter was over the moon.
For a player who is not a goalscorer or assist machine either, some were left underwhelmed when the west London club decided to fork out just under £60m (BBC Sport) on the USA international.
After all, this is a Chelsea side in desperate need of goals, especially with their top scorer heading for the exit door (Sky Sports).
Even so, you cannot help but feel that Pulisic will provide a breath of fresh air to this very stale Chelsea team. And at 20, he has plenty of time to develop into a more productive player.
For too long now, Willian and Pedro have been putting in performances that have just not been up to the required standard, with the latter having been absolutely dreadful in the Blues’ last outing.
For a team who are meant to be retaining the ball, Pedro, in particular, has been so reckless and careless in possession.
When he is not losing the ball in his own half, the Spaniard and his partner in crime Willian are constantly making the wrong decisions in attack.
For now, Pulisic might not be as deadly in front of goal. But he certainly plays with more intelligence and is going to be easier to mould compared to his ageing team-mates.
Is he going to solve all of Maurizio Sarri’s problems? Obviously not. But, nonetheless, he still looks like an exciting young player who could rejuvenate this very lacklustre Chelsea forward line.
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