'Their most gifted player': Martin Keown suggests 24-year-old Chelsea man is vital for his country at the World Cup

Martin Keown has described Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic as the “most gifted player” within the United States squad.

The US side are gearing up to take part in this winter’s World Cup and are in Group B alongside England, Wales and Iran.

They begin their tournament on Monday night against Wales before a super clash with England a few days later.

There’s actually a really strong Premier League contingent in the United States 26-man squad in Qatar, including Pulisic. Fulham defenders Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson are included. Meanwhile, Leeds United’s Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams provide great midfield options. Finally, Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner is fighting to be the No.1.

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Pulisic most gifted United States player

Pundit Martin Keown has suggested that Chelsea’s skilful attacker will be vital for the Untied States at the World Cup.

“An ever-growing nation for football and with Pulisic probably their most gifted player, this hard-working group will give anyone a difficult game,” Keown said.

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If he’s on top of his game, Pulisic will add a serious touch of quality and skill to the United States line-up.

However, it’s been a tough individual season for him at club level, struggling to really nail down a permanent spot in the Chelsea XI.

It’s worth noting the winger himself has recently said he’s been playing well for Graham Potter’s side and does feel great.

Don’t be too surprised if Pulisic can turn it on at the World Cup and recapture his best form, because he seems to really enjoy representing his country.

The United States are now in a position where so many of their players are playing in top leagues and top teams across Europe, though. It doesn’t feel like there’s as much reliance on Pulisic as there was a few years ago.

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