'Didn't quite work out': Paul Merson's not convinced £58m man's going to keep his place in Chelsea's starting XI
Paul Merson has suggested Christian Pulisic’s position in the Chelsea XI may be under threat, claiming he struggled in a wing-back position recently.
Pulisic, 23, is enduring a tough season where he’s finding it difficult to really leave his mark on games.
The £58million American has played every minute of the last four Premier League matches, but it’s hard to remember him impacting the game too much as an offensive threat.
It’s not worked for the attacker playing as the central figure lately, plus he was asked to fill a role at right wing-back in this week’s 1-1 Premier League draw against Brighton.
With several of Chelsea’s attackers now returning to fitness, it definitely leaves Pulisic in a vulnerable position.
Merson wasn’t impressed with how the 23-year-old performed as the right wing-back, so suggests his spot in the XI from Wednesday night may be under threat.
“If Reece James misses out for Chelsea, it’s anyone’s best guess who Thomas Tuchel deploys at right-wing back. Christian Pulisic played there and it didn’t quite work out. The wing-backs are a big part of their team and with Ben Chilwell out for the rest for the rest of the season, it could get very difficult for Chelsea,” Merson said.
Pulisic wasting Chelsea opportunities
Pulisic did a job as Chelsea’s utility player against Brighton when filling in as a wing-back. However, it’s an uncomfortable role for him and surely he can’t be the stand-in option for injured teammate Reece James. Incidentally, Blues supporters face a nervous wait to hear the extent of James’s injury.
Pulisic prefers to play as a wide attacker either side of a central frontman, but manager Thomas Tuchel is shifting him all over the park.
Unfortunately, the speed machine hasn’t made the most of his chances at a time where the window has been left open for him.
If he’s dropped for the weekend’s match against Liverpool, there isn’t too much he can complain about.
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