Christian Pulisic has failed to replicate form at Borussia Dortmund since his £58 million move to Chelsea.
The American international was one of the hottest prospects in Europe and the World. He was seen as the direct replacement of Chelsea legend Eden Hazard following his move to Real Madrid.
Pulisic has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter at Chelsea despite playing a major in Chelsea’s Champions League victory under Thomas Tuchel in 2021. He has scored 13 goals in 131 outings for Chelsea since 2020.
The former Borussia Dortmund winger has started three games this Chelsea this season.
England manager Gareth Southgate believes the transition from the Bundesliga to the Premier League, the regular injuries, and changes in managers are the reason why Pulisic has struggled at Chelsea.
What did Graham Potter say are the reasons behind Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea struggle?
The England manager said on ESPN: “I obviously watched him a fair bit at Borussia Dortmund as we had Jadon Sancho there at the time and then moving into Chelsea, I think that adaptation from the Bundesliga to the Premier League isn’t straightforward for a start.
“The level of the biggest games is similar if you’re playing Bayern Munich or [Red Bull] Leipzig but then when you drop down the league.
“There’s a big difference between the spending power in the bottom half of the Premier League where they can basically take players from some of the biggest clubs in Europe and the bottom half of most of the other leagues in Europe where that depth isn’t there. I think that takes some adjusting to.
“Of course, he’s had two or three coaches to deal with so I think there have been moments where he’s looked like he’s on his way, he’s flowing and he’s got a coach that believes in him and he’s had to deal then with setbacks with injury.
“He would probably feel he hasn’t got quite to where he wants to get to yet, I’d imagine, but he’s a very good player and is a player when you’re looking at the opposition team sheet, he’s someone you’ve got to be aware of and got to be ready for.”
Many Pundits and Chelsea fans have in recent times questioned why Graham Potter keeps on starting Kai Havertz ahead of Christain Pulisic.