Report: Pulisic could push for Chelsea exit amid frustration over playing time under Tuchel

Fabrizio Romano claims Christian Pulisic could ask to leave Chelsea at the end of the season if he continues struggling for minutes under Thomas Tuchel.

Tuchel has shown a tendency to rotate his team at Chelsea, having made 33 changes in just nine league matches.

Surprisingly, despite the frequent rotation, Pulisic has yet to make any Premier League start under the new manager.

The 22-year-old has made the starting line-up only once since Tuchel’s arrival, and it was in the 1-0 FA Cup win over Barnsley last month.

Even Tuchel himself admitted that his decisions were a bit unfair on Pulisic.

The lack of playing time, according to Romano, could push Pulisic further towards Chelsea exit.

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“[Tuchel] has talked about Pulisic [a lot], saying he’s a good player, a good talent, but he’s not playing,” Romano told Here We Go Podcast.

“[Also saying that Pulisic] has had a good impact when he comes from the bench, but he’s not a starter.

“[However] at the moment, he doesn’t want to create any problem, so he’s decided to wait until the end of the season.

“[To see] if he’ll find space, he still has a lot of time this season to show his qualities and skills.

“But if he’ll continue like this, Pulisic will be one of the candidates to leave Chelsea in the summer.”

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Without any clear hierarchy among Chelsea attackers, it is almost impossible for Tuchel to keep everyone happy.

There are just way too many talented attacking players who expect to be regular starters in the Chelsea squad.

Pulisic, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi; six attackers for two or three attacking roles in Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system.

At least three of them will inevitably miss out on the starting line-up in each game.

As Tuchel clarified in February, his job is “to win games and not “to put some expensive [signings] together” on the pitch (HaytersTV).

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