Arsenal icon Thierry Henry and Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher look to have been completely correct when they criticised Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic earlier this season. Huge things were expected of the USA international when he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Borussia Dortmund in a £58m deal back in January 2019.
Yet the 24-year-old has only managed to show brief flashes of his true potential, with the majority of Blues fans left frustrated with his inconsistent performances. There had been some hope that new manager Graham Potter could have been the man to bring the very best out of Pulisic.
But this has so far not proved to be the case, and Pulisic once again disappointed during the 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday. He had a huge chance to give his side the lead early on from close range, but fluffed his shot into the grateful arms of City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.
And from then on he was quiet once again for the remainder of the match, failing to show any reason why Potter should give him a chance to start the game against Newcastle this weekend.
Speaking last month as a pundit for CBS Sport ahead of a Champions League clash against AC Milan when Pulisic was on the bench, Henry said he agreed with Potter’s decision to leave out the star, and insisted he had to do more in order to nail down a regular place in the XI.
“At one point you’re gonna have to bring something on the table,” Henry said. “How many managers are not going to trust you? It’s gonna have to be you at one point. So find a way.”
Henry’s co-presenter Carragher added: “The manager at Chelsea changes quite a lot, and you always think, OK, you’re gonna have a chance, a new chance at proving something, he might play differently.
“But we haven’t seen much of him already, and it’s early days for Graham Potter but Thomas Tuchel didn’t use him too much, certainly the new manager [hasn’t] in these early games. So I think it’s a little bit worrying for America in terms of the World Cup.”
If things stay as they are, Pulisic may have to look for an exit in the January transfer window. The likes of Newcastle have been linked, but it remains to be seen if he would be happy to play at a club which is not competing in the Champions League.