'Too easy': Sky pundit says £150k-a-week Chelsea player was 'bullied' in latest display
Jamie Redknapp felt that Chelsea player Christian Pulisic was “bullied” during the win against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.
The Blues secured three points in the Premier League after coming from behind to win 3-1 at Villa Park.
Two Jorginho penalties, along with a header from Romelu Lukaku, cancelled out an opening own goal from Reece James.
With Thomas Tuchel’s side finding it difficult at times in the first half, Chelsea frontman Lukaku entered the action as a half time substitute and delivered one of his best 45 minutes of his season so far.
Sky Sports pundit Redknapp believes 23-year-old Chelsea attacker Pulisic struggled leading the line before Lukaku took the position.
In fairness, Pulisic did find it difficult to have any impact on the game in the first half when playing in the false-nine role. The £150,000-a-week star was a lot more effective in the second half when shifted to a wing-back position, though.
“The obvious thing was to bring him (Lukaku) on, because they struggled so much with Christian Pulisic in the first half as that No 9. Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa had bullied Pulisic. It was too easy for them,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
Pulisic needs to stay on Chelsea wings
Finally, Tuchel can bury the experiment of Pulisic in the number nine position.
His hand may have been twisted slightly due to injuries and illnesses in the squad, but there is no excuse for Lukaku not to start down the middle of the attack from here on out. Incidentally, even some Villa fans on Twitter were praising Lukaku’s display yesterday.
Pulisic’s natural game saw his impress in the wing-back spot against Villa in the second half, even if he would prefer to play slightly higher up the pitch as a conventional winger.
The United States international has shown during 91 Chelsea appearances he’s got immense individual talent when it comes to dribbling. However, he’s got to become more consistent in impacting games to nail down a starting position in Tuchel’s best XI.
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