Christian Pulisic’s value rises after every World Cup match
Christian Pulisic may not light up the tournament in the goalscoring department like other stars. However, the American proves that his potential far exceeds his performance under Graham Potter at Chelsea. Consequently, Pulisic skyrockets his value with every appearance by being a game changer for the United States.
Pulisic already had a big money move. Chelsea paid Borussia Dortmund $65 million for the American at the start of 2019. It’s safe to say it’s been a disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge so far. Injuries are no help, but Pulisic’s inconsistent form and lack of production are detrimental to the support of the club’s discerning fanbase.
In fact, Transfermarkt is now just shy of pinging its value $40 million. This is a third less than the same value just two years ago.
Pulisic’s value rises with every match at the World Cup
Based on his playing time, it is clear that the current Chelsea coaching staff are not judging Pulisic. In 18 appearances for the Blues, Pulisic played over 45 minutes four times. He scored a goal in one and assisted in another. The dilemma is that the player wants more playing time, and the club has a wealth of talent playing a similar role to Pulisic.
Manchester United, Newcastle and Leeds United are all rumored to be possible landing sites for Pulisic. However, the performance of the player in Qatar can significantly increase the value for the player, especially if there is a bidding war.
Strong international performance
Previously, many England supporters only saw Pulisic as a name to draw in an American audience. At the World Cup, however, he proves a talent that deserves all the praise. In the opener, he provided the assist for Timothy Weah for the USMNT’s first goal of the tournament.
On matchday two against England, with millions of Chelsea fans actively watching him, Pulisic almost had the only goal. His shot off the crossbar in the first half almost sent the football landscape on social media into a war. He won man of the match in a match with three of his Chelsea teammates on the other side.
The last day of play proved its worth. The goal of defeating Iran is one thing. His leadership and determination to play are part of the elusive set that coaches and executives strive for. It also helps that Pulisic isn’t afraid to attack players with the dribble for a physical skills.
The consequence of his performance could benefit his club life. Rumors have circulated in the past about Pulisic’s misfortune at Chelsea. For example, Pulisic’s father alluded to the player with a “sad” time at Stamford Bridge. He wants out whether he says so or not.
Note that Pulisic will not get the $100 million move or be the talk of the transfer rumor mill. However, he does have the chance to revive his club career.
Manchester United has a manager in Erik ten Hag who demands pressure and work pace from his attackers. Pulisic showed in the first half of the game against Iran that he can be crucial in regaining possession, even if he is the one who coughs it up. Jesse Marsch is comparable at Leeds, compatriots Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams can confirm. Those two earn their living from it.
At Newcastle, Pulisic can be part of a team that shows no signs of slowing down. Eddie Howe is absolutely making the Magpies fly in the Premier League. Newcastlete made Miguel Almirón one of the Premier League’s most dangerous forwards. Pulisic is four years younger than Almirón and could become a crucial part of Newcastle’s project under the Saudi Public Investment Fund.
If these clubs have shown interest before, Christian Pulisic will only grow in value through his World Cup. Should the United States continue to thrive with Pulisic at its core, more than just these three could come. Or Graham Potter can find a way to fit Pulisic, a natural leader for his national team, into his XI at Chelsea.
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