Christain Pulisic is expected to leave Chelsea after his Dad Mark Pulisic tweeted to criticize his Son’s lack of playing time this season and hinted the 23-year-old attacker could leave Chelsea this season.
Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf believes the Christain Pulisic tweet by his Dad put the Chelsea star’s future in doubt and expects the American to make a move this summer.
The Chelsea star has made 19 Premier League appearances this season and has started only 10 out of the 19 minutes. He has scored 5 goals and assisted one this season in the Premier League.
Pulisic came on in the final 20 minutes of Chelsea’s defeat to Everton much to the displeasure of his father who took to Twitter to express his frustrations. The tweet which was later deleted seems to put the future of 23 years old at Chelsea in doubt.
In the tweet, he said: ‘The sad thing is he [Pulisic] loves this club, teammates, and London.… puts his heart and soul into being a pro. Onwards and upwards my boy… big 6 months ahead…’
Thomas Tuchel was full of praise for Christain Pulisic when the 23 years old was in goal-scoring form.
He told the Chelsea official website that: “Christian (Pulisic) was in the same situation as Kai (Havertz). Both of them took the responsibility for the turnaround, so it is their responsibility, and they deserve the credit. They did amazing and you can see it on the pitch.”
What did Leboeuf say?
When quizzed whether Christain Pulisic could leave Chelsea this summer he told ESPN that:‘Yeah, it’s possible. I don’t know if it’s sad or not.
‘He never seems to be essential to any of the coaches, whether at Borussia Dortmund or Chelsea.
‘I think he has the pressure of a country behind him ahead of a World Cup because he’s the [USA] captain. But in Europe, we don’t see him as a real leader or the guy who’s going to save Chelsea.
‘It is what it is. He still has the time to be stronger but if he thinks it’s unfair then yeah, he should leave Chelsea. Or fight for your spot because the front line has been a mess for more than a year.’
Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley added: ‘It seems there’s a frustration that he’s not getting regular game-time, the game-time that they would want with a World Cup coming up.
‘He will want to be playing regularly ahead of that World Cup but in his last few months at Dortmund, he wasn’t playing regularly. Frank Lampard didn’t play him regularly. And now we have Tuchel who has played him, but not regularly.
‘It’s no coincidence that at least three of his coaches have had him in and out of the team. When that happens you need to look at yourself.
‘The coach thinks he’s got better players. Tuchel isn’t leaving him out because they think Pulisic is worse. It’s based on the opponent that day and the system.
‘That’s a decision a manager has to make and if you’re a family member, you have to accept that. This is not kindergarten or school football. This is a job and managers make big decisions.’