USMNT star Christian Pulisic’s time at Chelsea might be coming to an end, at least temporarily. The Athletic has reported Newcastle United is interested in acquiring the player on a loan, and all things considered, this is probably the right move for now. Both for Pulisic and Chelsea, if we’re being honest.
Perfect scenario, Tuchel finds a way to quote on quote rehabilitate a 23-yeard old player that has proven he’s got star quality – discussions about the quality of his opponents with the USMNT vs the European level aside. But since that seems like a distant possibility, the second best option for both is a loan. It would allow Pulisic to play in the months leading up to the World Cup, and hopefully get him to a level where he can return and then be a star for Chelsea.
Either that or get to a level where he can command a good price in the open market. Both of those options are certainly better for Chelsea than keeping Pulisic and not playing him. And any option that allows him to get some game time in the leadup to the World Cup, which is set to be played in November and December in Qatar, is better than the alternative for Pulisic.
Of course, this is the time of the year when there are new reports every day, with the end of the summer transfer window just a few weeks away. But The Telegraph also reported Newcastle’s interest in Pulisic, among other players, so this looks less like a long-shot and more like an actual, real possibility.
It all tracks with previous reports that Chelsea skipper Thomas Tuchel doesn’t trust Pulisic. And even without those reports, Pulisic’s lack of playing time indicates his manager doesn’t really think he’s a solution. For a player of Pulisic’s level and status, if a manager doesn’t think you’re the solution, then you have a problem.
The player had previously indicated a willingness to stay and fight for his spot at Chelsea, but that would only make sense if there’s indeed something to fight for. With Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz all ahead of him in the pecking order at his current club, is there really a place for Pulisic? Wouldn’t he be better off trying his hand somewhere he’s actually wanted?
Whether Pulisic himself believes this or not, the USMNT surely hopes their biggest star gets to come into the World Cup in tip-top shape, and not as the backup of the backup, which is what he is at Chelsea right now.