CHRISTIAN PULISIC is keen to make a mark on Chelsea but until he improves his consistency he will continue to frustrate Thomas Tuchel and Stamford Bridge supporters.
The 23-year-old winger scored in his last Premier League game at Leeds – his eighth in 38 games this year – but followed that up with a lackluster performance in the FA Cup final.
However, Tuchel continued to show confidence in the American, starting him ahead of Mason Mount and Kai Havertz against Leicester.
But once again Pulisic failed to deliver, struggling to get into the match and not showing a killer instinct in the penalty area.
He had the perfect attacking partner in Romelu Lukaku, but unlike Hakim Ziyech, he failed to match the striker’s rollovers.
The Belgian also played a brilliant ball over the six-yard box early in the second half but Pulisic was asleep – and even his lightning pace wasn’t enough to get down the flank to score a sure goal.
Or maybe not, because 15 minutes later Lukaku delivered another low cross and Pulisic missed from seven yards while Kasper Schmeichel scrambled.
That was one of the few times Pulisic had a touch in the opponent’s box, showing how ineffective he was.
He is at his best when running towards players with the ball, but too often he drifted inside where there was little space for him to run into.
But a major reason for his lack of commitment was his pace of work.
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Ziyech pushed the Leicester defense off the ball but Pulisic was unable to replicate the efforts of his teammates.
His counterpart, James Maddison, showed exactly how it should be done and worked tirelessly throughout.
On the ball, the Leicester star didn’t find himself much in the room but when he did he acted decisively, leapfrogging Thiago Silva before delivering a brilliant finish at Edouard Mendy’s near post.
Pulisic, on the other hand, missed the chance to win the game for Chelsea to leave Thomas Tuchel with his head in his hands.
The German is probably wondering what else he needs to do to sack the ex-Borussia Dortmund star.
After Pulisic’s father spoke of the “sad situation”, his son in Tuchel rejected his concerns.
And until Pulisic produces regularly, the German will continue to have doubts.
Tuchel said of the affair: “I’m not worried if the player’s father says he doesn’t love me [on Twitter].
“It’s a normal thing [for a player to be frustrated]. We have our reasons for choosing players in the first XI.
“You will never see happy faces from players who have not been selected. There is no problem with me and Christian.
“The players are responsible for being in the team and staying in the team. Am I always right? Definitely not. Is it always fair? Definitely not.”
That doesn’t sound like a manager who has unwavering faith in his player and there’s a chance Pulisic could leave the club this summer.
Juventus are said to be interested in the USA international as a possible replacement for Paulo Dybala, who announced he will leave the club this week.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5379924/chelsea-christian-pulisic-tuchel-leicester/ Chelsea star Christian Pulisic’s horrendous miss shows why the American may never fully defeat Thomas Tuchel