'Should be a certain starter': Jamie Carragher says why 23-year-old Chelsea player frustrates him
Jamie Carragher says Christian Pulisic definitely possesses the quality to be a permanent starter in the Chelsea team, so it’s frustrating to him that that’s not the case.
Pulisic, 23, scored the second goal last night in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Lille at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues took care of business at home to beat Lille in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
It means Thomas Tuchel’s side continue their recent momentum to take into this Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Liverpool.
Carragher explained in his analysis last night he feels Pulisic has the individual talent to nail down a starting position in the Chelsea attack.
“I tell you why I get frustrated because what we’re seeing right now is about four or five players for Chelsea who can play in these positions. He’s (Pulisic) got the most quality. He has more quality than Mason Mount, he’s got more quality than Ziyech, I think he’s got more quality than Havertz. Technically and moving with the ball he’s the best player I’ve seen, I just don’t see it enough,” Carragher told CBS Sports.
“A lot of that is to do with his injury record, that is something that has to improve because I think he should be a certain starter in that position.”
Pulisic impressed with his display against Lille as one of the two wide attackers either side of central figure Kai Havertz, who opened the scoring.
Unfortunately, the quick American isn’t always a guaranteed starter in the forward positions.
Carragher alluded to the 23-year-old’s poor injury record during his Blues career. For instance, he missed a sizeable chunk in the early stages of this season with an ankle problem.
Most Chelsea fans echo Carragher
Definitely, Pulisic’s inconsistent form and bad luck with injuries has equally frustrated Chelsea supporters in the last few years.
He’s shown that when he’s fully fit and firing he can be a superstar in the Blues XI.
Tuchel is still trying to find his best combination of attackers, so the door is somehow still open for Pulisic to really make his mind up after some up and down seasons.
There was a lovely blend between Pulisic, Havertz and Hakim Ziyech in Chelsea’s forward line last night, but you’ve got the likes of Mason Mount and Romelu Lukaku who will be expecting to start regularly, too.