'Left foot is majestic’: Some fans hope Chelsea forward can recreate sensational training ground strike on matchday
Chelsea fans were treated to a terrific training ground goal from Christian Pulisic via social media, loving the fact it was off his ‘weaker’ foot.
@AbsoluteChelsea reposted the video from Pulisic’s Instagram account, which involved the American smashing a shot off his left boot into the top corner, past a helpless goalkeeper.
His ability to use both feet has been illustrated through his dribbling, alongside the type of finishes he executes in games; five of his 13 Chelsea goals have been scored off his left.
Supporters are not strangers to the £58 million man’s (BBC Sport) ambidextrous nature and showed their appreciation through a manner of compliments.
A handful loved the celebration as much as the finish, particularly the point where he says ‘there’s that spleh’, meaning a slang term for looking stylish (Urban Dictionary).
Although the strike itself may have been completely covered in ‘spleh’, there was a small proportion who were hoping Pulisic could translate this into his matchday form.
They have a point so much in the sense he has only scored twice this term, without registering an assist, in 15 outings.
Pulisic has not been without his injury problems, suffering from hamstring and muscle snags, not to mention having to isolate due to COVID which disrupted his pre-season plans.
Callum Hudson-Odoi’s fine form, alongside the return of Hakim Ziyech, has called into question whether the 22-year-old starts against Fulham on Saturday.
If Lampard does opt for the Hudson and Hakim duo out wide, Pulisic has to prove he and his infamous shooting abilities can be a weapon off the bench.
Chelsea will hope to unlock the streak he yielded post lockdown last year, where he chipped in with nine goals in 11 matches, including in the FA Cup final against Arsenal.
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If, like me, you had to look up the word ‘spleh’ and found out that it meant stylish or to be more precise, ‘swaggy’, then I’d say that’s a pretty fitting description of Pulisic’s playing style.
Although, it does lose some of the gloss when you are aware of his goal statistics, which need to improve if he is to cement himself into Lampard’s team.
Unleash the ‘spleh’ (never thought I’d type that phrase) on gameday instead of the confines of training, and he’ll be back in contention.