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2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #916
Wednesday January 2, 2019 6:26pm

Joined Jul 2012
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With that type of transfer fee, Chelsea fans will expect Pulisic to deliver immediately next season. Fairly or unfairly he will be judged by the transfer fee.

I really hope this was the reason for his funk with Dortmund and was probably why Dortmund were being careful with him and his naggling injuries so far this year. Would love to see him focus in the second half of the season and put in better performances. This deal has been in the works since this past summer. I could see that weighing a bit heavy on Pulisic.

Know Nothing
Post #917
Wednesday January 2, 2019 7:04pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 1,556
Original post from 2tone

With that type of transfer fee, Chelsea fans will expect Pulisic to deliver immediately next season. Fairly or unfairly he will be judged by the transfer fee.



True. In many ways the fee is unfair as it is partially based on his marketing ability. Let's hope he has a good support staff.

This move was always going to happen, however, since playing in the EPL seems to be what CP wanted. Whether it was Liverpool, Arsenal, or Chelsea, the price was going to be the same as well as the expectations. It is good that he is testing himself and he does not seem naive to think it will be easy.

It's funny, but I could also see Tyler Adams at Chelsea in a few years as a replacement for Kante

Lilshmike
Post #918
Wednesday January 2, 2019 7:34pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 1,068
With respect to judging him based on transfer fee, thats a pretty good point. However, if they spend big (bigger than what they paid for Pulisic) in the summer on another player (ST more than likely), then he will probably have some of the pressure alleviated.

Not only that, but if Hazard leaves, you'd think that they would spend big anyways to bring in a superstar replacement on top of Pulisic. If Hazard went to Madrid for $100m, Chelsea would probably try to get someone for around $100m - which may help shift focus on the higher priced player, but may make minutes harder to come by.

Its just one of those things that could turn out great like it did for Hazard, or not. Their track record with buying young players is worrisome to say the least...

cudevil
Post #919
Wednesday January 2, 2019 9:10pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 808
Original post from Lilshmike

With respect to judging him based on transfer fee, thats a pretty good point. However, if they spend big (bigger than what they paid for Pulisic) in the summer on another player (ST more than likely), then he will probably have some of the pressure alleviated.

Not only that, but if Hazard leaves, you'd think that they would spend big anyways to bring in a superstar replacement on top of Pulisic. If Hazard went to Madrid for $100m, Chelsea would probably try to get someone for around $100m - which may help shift focus on the higher priced player, but may make minutes harder to come by.

Its just one of those things that could turn out great like it did for Hazard, or not. Their track record with buying young players is worrisome to say the least...


I think Sarri changes the equation. His preferred style of play is conducive to a type of player like Pulisic.

hamsamwich
Post #920
Friday January 4, 2019 1:33pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,984
Tuchel, now Favre, and soon Sarri. Three excellent coaches to learn from. The move is Pulisic' moment to prove what he's got. If he excels he's a global superstar. If he stagnates, he will be considered a project that didn't work and have to drop back down a few steps. It's in his hands now, Dortmund isn't there to protect him.

Lilshmike
Post #921
Monday January 7, 2019 3:45pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 1,068
Meant to post this later last week. Figured it was worth the share.

Heard from both Jason Davis and Brian Dunseth that the deal for Pulisic to go to Chelsea had been in the works for quite some time. For months it was apparently known internally at Dortmund that he was going to leave and go there.

As a result, he has not been playing as much this season in the Bundesliga as they are giving more minutes to the players who will be there longer. This makes sense - why invest in a player who will be gone in 6 months when you can invest in one who will be there for 2+ years?

He has started in all but 2 of their cup games so far this year (Champions League and DFB Pokal), and in the 2 games he did not start in Champions League, he came on as a sub in one and scored the only goal.

There has been a lot of talk about Pulisic plateauing, having a dip in form, other players being rated higher than him at Dortmund, etc. Turns out, some of that is not really the case, and his lack of minutes (in Bundesliga) is more down to managerial and back office decision making than it is about his play (as evidenced by his prominent role in important Champions League games).

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #922
Monday January 7, 2019 3:58pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,178
Nah he hasn't platuaed. He will show his talent with Chelsea.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #923
Tuesday February 5, 2019 10:59pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,066
Just got a nice goal in the Pokal cup match. Up 2-1 in extra time

John-Lewis
Post #924
Wednesday February 6, 2019 2:12am

Joined Feb 2019
Total Posts: 57
Original post from Lilshmike

Meant to post this later last week. Figured it was worth the share.

Heard from both Jason Davis and Brian Dunseth that the deal for Pulisic to go to Chelsea had been in the works for quite some time. For months it was apparently known internally at Dortmund that he was going to leave and go there.

As a result, he has not been playing as much this season in the Bundesliga as they are giving more minutes to the players who will be there longer. This makes sense - why invest in a player who will be gone in 6 months when you can invest in one who will be there for 2+ years?

He has started in all but 2 of their cup games so far this year (Champions League and DFB Pokal), and in the 2 games he did not start in Champions League, he came on as a sub in one and scored the only goal.

There has been a lot of talk about Pulisic plateauing, having a dip in form, other players being rated higher than him at Dortmund, etc. Turns out, some of that is not really the case, and his lack of minutes (in Bundesliga) is more down to managerial and back office decision making than it is about his play (as evidenced by his prominent role in important Champions League games).


Always wondered why Sancho got playing time all of a sudden while Pulisic was resigned to the bench after having an excellent spell of games.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #925
Wednesday February 6, 2019 2:56am

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,178
Exactly why he needs to be played under a striker or on the left side as an inverted winger. Can't believe coaches haven't figured that out yet with Pulisic. While he is effective on the right side I think he is game is more suited on the left side or underneath a striker.

chris_thebassplayer
San Jose
Post #926
Wednesday February 6, 2019 9:15pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,455
Yep, the LD left flank role...cutting in underneath the forwards to create.

dolcem
Post #927
Thursday February 7, 2019 6:11am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,805
Worked remotely on Tuesday on account of the weather and saw the whole match. Pulisic played well in the first 30 minutes, then disappeared in the rest of the match until that play when he created a scoring chance and then finished it. Definitely his best performance in at least a year. He actually looked like he belonged out there.

Original post from 2tone

Exactly why he needs to be played under a striker or on the left side as an inverted winger. Can't believe coaches haven't figured that out yet with Pulisic. While he is effective on the right side I think he is game is more suited on the left side or underneath a striker.


Been saying the same thing myself for about a year now. Drives me crazy.
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venicebeachbull
Post #928
Thursday February 7, 2019 8:56am

Joined Jun 2012
Total Posts: 124
Wrapping him in bubble tape was a wise business move for sure, but that Sancho was dialed in and deserved starting.

Regardless, that build up and finish reminded me of all his hype and promise. Underneath sounds tood to me too.

hamsamwich
Post #929
Monday February 11, 2019 10:21pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 2,984
Is Pulisic going to play Champions League next year? Right now it sure doesn't look like it.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #930
Wednesday February 13, 2019 8:21pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,066
Starting today vs Tottenham. Big game.

BVB is missing a lot of guys. I hope Pulisic can come in and help snatch an away goal.

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