'Not at that elite level': Jason Cundy says £150k-a-week Chelsea player has got so much worse in the last two years

Jason Cundy has criticised Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic by explaining his form has dropped significantly in the last couple of years.

Pulisic, who earns £150,000-a-week, was only named on the bench last night for the huge fixture away to Real Madrid. He was unable to give his side the spark they needed as a substitute, too.

The Blues were eventually knocked out in the Champions League quarter-finals by Real Madrid, despite a gutsy and top-class performance in Spain during yesterday’s second leg.

Pulisic missed a couple of goalscoring opportunities inside the box as Chelsea pressed for a late leveller, albeit they weren’t the easiest of chances.

TalkSPORT pundit Cundy delivered a fairly harsh criticism of the 23-year-old after his side exited the Champions League.

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He was keen to point out that the American attacker is miles off the player he was during the back end of the 2019/20 season, which is when he looked like the Blues talisman around June and July of 2020.

“He’s (Pulisic) not at that elite level. He’s had a disappointing season… He has not got back to anywhere near what he was doing at the back end of that [2019/20] season,” Cundy told talkSPORT.

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Cundy’s pretty much hit the nail on the head with Pulisic.

Every Blues fans knows how good the quick forward can be due to how well he performed at Stamford Bridge a couple of years ago. In fact, many believed the club had found Eden Hazard’s successor.

However, the USA international is simply not consistent enough right now.

A couple of injuries have dented his progress in the last two seasons, but he needs to do more when he starts games under manager Thomas Tuchel.

The winger’s return of six goals and four assists so far this campaign across all competitions isn’t good enough for a player with his individual ability.

Let’s hope he can enjoy a strong end to this season and replicate the 2019/20 campaign.

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