US national team manager Gregg Berhalter said Thomas Tuchel would be an ideal manager for Christian Pulisic at Chelsea, having already worked together at Borussia Dortmund.
Pulisic was handed his Bundesliga debut by Tuchel when he was just 17 back in 2016 and was really thankful to the German coach for the opportunity.
Almost exactly five years later, the two are reportedly close to a reunion at Chelsea.
Aside from Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, Chelsea would hope that Pulisic would be another player who could improve under Tuchel.
The American arguably had the best spell of his career after the lockdown period last season.
This season, however, he has only scored twice in 17 appearances in all competitions.
According to US boss Berhalter, Tuchel’s arrival could help Pulisic.
“For Christian, I think the benefit is, if Tuchel is the coach, that he knows him very well and that’s always important,” Berhalter in a USMNT press conference on Monday (via Goal).
“He’s coming in with a really good understanding of what Christian can do and his skillset, and I think that’s important.
“He also has seen Christian develop and improve over his time at Dortmund.
“For Christian, it’s the familiarity with how he coaches, his coaching staff, his communication style.
“That’s all helpful — There’s not that uncomfortable period when you’re getting to know the coach. I think those could possibly be the benefits.”
It is certainly interesting to see what Tuchel would do with the plethora of attacking options at Chelsea, including Pulisic.
Lampard was often criticised by the fans when he fielded Pulisic anywhere else but on the left flank.
Interestingly, though, at Dortmund, Tuchel deployed Pulisic in various positions, including as right winger and even central attacking midfielder.
Although Pulisic clearly didn’t mind back then, saying he was “just happy to be anywhere on the field” and “just love to play” (Bundesliga’s official website).
Would we see a more versatile Pulisic under Tuchel at Chelsea?