Struggles at the Bridge
The ex-Borussia Dortmund man, on the back of a fine campaign last time out, was widely expected to kick on to establish himself as one of Chelsea’s key performers this time around.
Such a development, though, has since failed to come to fruition.
Amid a combination of fitness problems, competition for places and a simple lack of form, Pulisic has managed starts in less than half of the Blues’ Premier League outings to this point in the campaign.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed an upturn in production of late, and of course netted the crucial opener in Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final first-leg showdown with Real Madrid.
The return meeting at Stamford Bridge, however, saw Pulisic dropped back to the bench, a call which the wide-man later admitted to being ‘very frustrated’ with.
Rotation has proven particularly heavy since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel on the bench in west London, with the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham all vying it out with Pulisic for a starting berth in attack.
In turn, it did not come as a massive surprise when, last month, speculation began to spread that the American was giving serious consideration to seeking out a summer transfer, in search of more regular playing time.
As outlined above, though, on Friday, Pulisic has moved to pour cold water on reports linking him with a Stamford Bridge exit.
During an interview with ESPN, the gifted attacker was asked whether he remains happy at Chelsea, and went on to explain:
‘Yeah, I’m obviously happy here. It has been an incredible two years.’
‘People have always doubted and said: ‘Oh, he’s not playing, does he want to go here, does he want to go there?’ I’m always up for a challenge, I love competing, I love the position I’m in and I’m enjoying my time here.’
Christian Pulisic has dismissed speculation he could leave Chelsea this summer and insisted he is relishing the challenge of proving himself under Thomas Tuchel 💪 pic.twitter.com/bRHUItGScv
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 14, 2021