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Deserving of a chance? | Christian Pulisic’s goal return dictates more time at Chelsea under Graham Potter

The American winger scored Chelsea’s second goal of the day in a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge against visiting Wolves as Graham Potter’s Blues have begun to gain momentum in the Premier League


Chelsea has had new life breathed into the Stamford Bridge atmosphere in recent weeks after the arrival of former Brighton boss Graham Potter in the wake of the club parting ways with Champions League-winning manager Thomas Tuchel after new ownership under Todd Boehly clashed with the German headmaster in what ultimately led to a severing of ties in west London.

Under Potter, the Blues have posted a 3-1-0 record across all competitions which included an impressive 3-0 win over holding Serie A champions AC Milan in midweek, which was followed up with a 3-0 win over Wolves earlier today to put the club back on track in the early doors of his regime that now has the club in the top four after eight matches.

Like many players at Chelsea who were otherwise on the periphery of the team under Tuchel, the arrival of Potter presents a second bite at the apple and a chance to impress the new schoolmaster and work their way back into the fold, and one key benefactor of that is none other than Christian Pulisic.

The United States International remains beloved by the American fanbase but has failed to make a real impression at Chelsea since his arrival in the Premier League in the summer of 2019 when the Blues parted ways with £58m in January before loaning him back for the remainder of the 2018-19 Bundesliga campaign.

Though on the surface Pulisic has struggled to make one of the attacking births his own across what is now his fourth season in the capital, the data behind his performances paints a picture that not only does he still have plenty to give, but that he could be set for a new lease on life under Potter.

In two league appearances since Potter took charge, Pulisic has a goal and an assist on record in just 78-minutes of football, with his lovely chipped effort today against Wolves the exclamation point on a flowing attacking move that showcased his ability on the ball, finishing instincts, and understanding of space ahead of him during combination play.

Not only does Pulisic have more goals for Chelsea than Mason Mount and Kai Havertz since October 2019, but he has also already eclipsed his record of return at Dortmund, the club that pushed him to youth stardom in the top flight of German football, with 26 goals in 125 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions (20 in 82 PL appearances) compared to 19 goals in 127 outings for the Ruhr Valley giants.

If recent performances have any value at all, the 24-year-old still has plenty left in the tank that many in the Chelsea sphere of influence have yet to see, and should Potter begin to extract it slowly but surely, he may still become the player that many felt could help elevate the club in the future.


Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.



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