“Messi of the United States! Chelsea fans sent exciting message about new Blues star
Christian Pulisic has been called the ‘Messi of the United States’ – though the Blues have been warned he will not replace Eden Hazard.
With Chelsea seeking to do some mid-season transfer business, the Blues managed to beat off the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool to nail down the services of Pulisic in a deal worth around £57 million.
The American is one of the most highly-rated wingers in the game right now, but Borussia Dortmund were willing to sell after the emergence of England International Jadon Sancho.
Many believe he was signed as the long-tern solution to the Hazard problem, with the Belgian heading to Real Madrid this summer in a deal worth around £88 million.
German football expert Rafa Honigstein believes former Borussia Dortmund star Pulisic will do a lot for Chelsea in terms of American brand recognition, but he still needs guidance on the pitch.
Honigstein said on the TalkSport website: “He won’t be able to fill Hazard’s boots just yet but I think there’s a real player there who can develop and who with the right coaching and confidence can go to a really high level.
“Also he will add a lot to Chelsea’s international brand recognition. He is the Messi of the United States, we should not underestimate just how much of an impact and of a following this guy has.
“Immediately Chelsea will become the most-watched team in America simply because he’s there. OK maybe Manchester United and Liverpool with their historic fanbases will disagree but the neutrals will all start watching Chelsea.”
Maurizio Sarri may not have known that Chelsea had completed a transfer deal for Pulisic, but it could be a blessing in disguise as he could easily fit into the slot that is currently occupied by Hazard.
However, the American needs time to adapt to the quality of the Premier League and Chelsea fans should not expect 20-plus goals a season from him just yet.
So even though he will eventually be a great buy, he needs time to adjust.