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Chelsea’s decision to loan back Christian Pulisic should leave Granovskaia red-faced as size of blunder becomes clear

Chelsea’s decision to loan back Christian Pulisic should leave Granovskaia red-faced as size of blunder becomes clear

Chelsea signed Christian Pulisic earlier this week in a move that should excite fans. Pulisic is an exciting attacking talent with bags of ability, and he’ll undeniably be able to have a big impact in the Blues’ attack.

However, the move came with one important point: he won’t actually come to London until the end of the season. Indeed, the American was loaned back to Dortmund by Chelsea as a part of the deal, and following the Blues’ draw with Southampton on Wednesday, that decision looks even more foolish than it did when it was announced.

After all, a problem that has plagued Chelsea all season long was on full show at Stamford Bridge – their inability to break down a tight defence. Nobody in blue was able to really damage the Southampton defence for much of the night, with only Eden Hazard looking threatening for the Blues. This wasn’t the first time that this has happened this season, with Chelsea obviously lacking goals over the last few weeks.

Of course, one obvious way of improving this situation would be to add attacking quality – and that’s exactly what Chelsea would have gotten with Christian Pulisic. The American offers energy, pace and technical skill, and he’s been fantastic at breaking through defences over in Germany.

Not to mention, Willian also went off injured on the night, which adds to Chelsea’s offensive injury problems. Eden Hazard could be the only natural winger that is fit and available for Chelsea for their FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest – and that’s not good enough for Maurizio Sarri. Obviously, Pulisic would have solved that issue too.

Leaving him in Germany for the rest of the season may have saved Chelsea a few million, but at what cost? Surely having him in now would have been worth a small extra outlay.

Thoughts?

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