How Aubameyang’s Chelsea arrival complicates life for Christian Pulisic
The arrival of the Gabonese striker could represent even less playing time for the US star who is desperately looking for a move at the close of the window.
The day of the closing of the transfer market in European football arrived and several signings are yet to materialize in these last hours in which clubs like Chelsea have given something to talk about after the imminent arrival of Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
What next for Pulisic?
The last few weeks have seen the story between Barcelona and Chelsea grow, due to the London team’s insistence on the Gabonese striker, and it’s seen as a positive move for all three parties: Chelsea, Aubameyang and Barcelona, the Catalans receiving €14 million plus the transfer of Marcos Alonso, a player requested by Xavi.
However, at Chelsea, the arrival of the former Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund striker is not good news for Christian Pulisic, who seems to be on track to remain in the London outfit due to the Blues’ refusal to release the USMNT star.
So far this season in the Premier League, Pulisic has only played 96 minutes in a Chelsea shirt across five league games, with players like Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech getting more opportunities from the German coach.
In this way, the arrival of Aubameyang is expected to further complicate Pulisic’s situation, with even less pitch time likely.
The only hope is that interest in the player, from the likes of Newcastle United or Manchester United, once again grows, potentially for a loan period. However, as the clock ticks on, and Chelsea’s previous refusals, suggest this is unlikely.
Team USA’s Pulisic woes
Not great news for Team USA ahead of the Qatar World Cup in November, and the national team manager, Gregg Berhalter, has recently spoken about his star.
“I’m a guy that bets on Christian just because I’ve seen it before. He is not counted on in a way that he’d like to, and he gets on the field and he proves everyone wrong and he ends up playing.
“I mean that’s what he’s been doing.”