'Took a beating': National media claim Chelsea's £54m man kept getting hacked on international duty last night
Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic ‘took a beating’ while representing the United States on international duty.
The 23-year-old led the line for his country as they took on Uruguay, ranked number 13 in the world.
While he was unable to get on the scoresheet, the American consistently proved a dangerous outlet up against experienced defenders Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin, as his country battled to a 0-0 draw.
According to the MLS’ official player ratings, he impressed a lot more than fellow forward Jesus Ferreira.
They said: “Pulisic looked consistently dangerous around the box, creating the most chances for either side and linking up well with the frontline. As usual for the Chelsea man, he took a beating and drew fouls throughout the night.”
The forward received a rating of 6.0 for his performance in Kansas City.
The former Borussia Dortmund man has often provided some of his better performances on the international stage, recently scoring a hat-trick in World Cup qualifying against Panama.
His 12 goals in 23 World Cup qualifiers have helped USA reach the World Cup finals, where they share a group with England, Wales and Iran.
Blues fans may be hoping Pulisic will be able to bring some of his form with USA back to Stamford Bridge, with the man they signed for £58million (BBC Sport) failing to nail down a starting role at the club.
Manager Thomas Tuchel has previously shown his frustration at the forward, who he also coached in Germany at Dortmund.
After Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City, the 48-year-old described an opportunity which fell to the American as “more than a chance”.
The American provided eight goals and five assists this season for the Blues, with a last minute winner against London rivals West Ham United a highlight back in April.
Pulisic also played a big part in Chelsea reaching the Quarter-Finals of the Champions League, scoring in both legs of a 4-1 aggregate victory over Lille.