Garth Crooks says that the £58m Chelsea spent on Christian Pulisic could well prove a good piece of business after the American international scored a hat-trick against Burnley on Saturday.
The BBC pundit says he wasn’t convinced when the Blues signed the winger from Borussia Dortmund, but his performance at the weekend showed that he may have been too quick to write off the 21-year-old:
“The scream of delight after the United States international scored his first Premier League goal for the club told only part of the story. When he arrived at the club I thought ‘what’s the game coming to; we’re now spending £58m for an American!’ This hat-trick against Burnley is starting to suggest that this was money well spent.”
Despite the talk around Pulisic’s lack of game time, his statistics for the season are pretty impressive. His three goals and five assists in ten matches shows a player who is quickly settling into life in England.
The competition for places in the squad means the American won’t always start matches. In addition to Willian, manager Frank Lampard can also call upon Callum Hudson-Odoi, Pedro and even Mason Mount to start in wide areas.
Pulisic’s hat-trick at Turf Moor, though, demonstrates the winger is more than prepared to fight for his place in the starting eleven.