Report: Chelsea 23-year-old will never be regular starter under Tuchel, only sees him as an impact sub

It has been reported Thomas Tuchel is struggling to see Christian Pulisic as a regular starter at Chelsea.

The Athletic suggest the USA international is currently regarded as a player the German can bring on when necessary, but that he doesn’t trust him in big games.

Despite scoring in both legs of Chelsea’s Champions League victory over Lille, the 23-year-old failed to establish himself as a regular starter at the club last season.

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This is despite the wide attackers such as Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech not providing a regular goal threat at Stamford Bridge.

The forward has often shown his best form on the international stage, scoring 21 goals in 50 appearances for his national team.

Rumours have circulated already this summer that Pulisic could be on his way out, with him offering no guarantees on his long-term future.

However, any deals the Blues do complete will only come keeping the £58m price tag they paid for the American in the front of their mind.

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The Athletic claim that the future could also be bleak for the forward, as Tuchel remains unconvinced that he possesses enough for him to become a reliable asset to start.

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Pulisic has shown in big moments that he can stand up and be counted. In project restart, he was almost the sole reason Chelsea held on to a top four finish under Frank Lampard.

However, Blues fans have been craving for more since his permanent arrival to the team in 2019.

With rumours speculating that the club are interested in bringing in Ousmane Dembele and Raheem Sterling, the writing could well be on the wall for the American, with a move to a competing European side potentially suiting the player better in his quest for regular first team football.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.