Chelsea’s attack is full of quality, but next season, could it get even better? Amidst the likes of Eden Hazard, Pedro and Alvaro Morata, there is talk that another mightily impressive attacker may join the fray. According to the Mirror, Christian Pulisic is interesting the Blues. He’d come with a significant £65 million price tag, but Maurizio Sarri is seemingly eager to improve his attack with the addition of the American.
He’d certainly add a dose of quality to the team, with his dazzling dribbling and prowess in front of goal likely to have an impact at Stamford Bridge.
However, he’d likely have to battle it out with a number of big names to get on the team sheet each week, and that will be no easy feat. Furthermore, it’s unclear just how he would fit into the team. He’s not a certain starter, that’s for sure, but if he were to play, how exactly would he play – and who would he play alongside? These are all questions for Maurizio Sarri to answer, but we’ve had a guess at just how he would fit in and who he would play alongside.
Maurizio Sarri favours a 4-3-3 formation, which would suit Pulisic well. The American is a natural winger, and this formation is big on allowing creative freedom down the flanks. Pulisic would be able to make the most of his qualities as a result. But how exactly would he fit in?
Well, we must first consider who he’d be playing with. In the midfield, you’d expect at least one of Jorginho or Cesc Fabregas to be involved, and so there will be no problems getting the ball forward with creativity and vigour.
Pulisic is likely to play on the right-hand side, given that the left will be occupied by Belgian star Eden Hazard. A natural winger, Pulsic will look to drive down the wings and deliver crosses into the box. Significantly, he is right-footed, and so unlike Hazard, he won’t be able to cut-inside and serve as an inside-forward. Instead, he’ll be a classic winger – and that’ will be reflected by constant running down the wings.
As mentioned, Hazard is likely to play on the opposite flank, and his role involves far more play in and around the goal. He runs at defenders and makes a real menace of himself, allowing Pulisic to focus on more of the creative side of things. This allows a clear distinction in roles between each flank, making Chelsea more deadly as a result.
Alvaro Morata will be the man that is expected to make use of the brilliant work done by the players surrounding him. On his day, he’s a tremendous finisher, and his technical quality is second-to-none. He’ll have no shortage of opportunities, given who surrounds him.
There is no doubting that this attack would be a strong one for the Blues, and with both Willian and Pedro enjoying mixed levels of form last term, the door is open for a player like Pulisic to come in and make an impact.
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