Jamie Carragher claims Christian Pulisic is ‘not good enough’ for Chelsea and doubts a new manager will improve his prospects at Stamford Bridge.
Pulisic has started just one of Chelsea’s seven matches so far this season and is said to be frustrated by his lack of game-time in west London.
It has been suggested that the sacking of Blues manager Thomas Tuchel could be good news for Pulisic as he looks to revive his Chelsea career, but Carragher is not so confident.
Speaking on CBS Sports, the former Liverpool and England defender said: ‘Do you think he’s not playing because of Thomas Tuchel or himself?
I don’t think he’s good enough to play for Chelsea. I think he’s been there for a few years now. I think he’s had enough opportunities.
I don’t think a new manager is going to completely rejuvenate him or he’s going to play week in, week out now Tuchel’s gone. I just think he’s a squad player for Chelsea no matter who the manager is.
‘To play week in, week out and make a difference for one of the best teams in the world, he’s not good enough for that right now.
I’ve said before, I think he’s got great ability. Some of those things I’ve seen him do for Chelsea, the goals he’s scored. But it’s not consistent enough and he gets injured quite a lot.
‘I just don’t ever see him displacing a Mason Mount or a Kai Havertz or players in those positions – Raheem Sterling is there now, [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang. I just don’t see it.’
Much was expected of Pulisic after he completed a £58m move from Borussia Dortmund in 2019.
But the American international has largely flattered to deceive in a Chelsea shirt, scoring just 25 goals in 122 appearances and struggling to cement a place in the first-team.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry insists the onus is on Pulisic to kick-start his Chelsea career and says success will not just come his way.
He added: ‘You have to come and deliver at one point. It’s about you too, what you can bring to the table.
‘You can be the best chef in the world and if the guy doesn’t put anything on the table, what are you going to cook?
It’s always about the coach, it’s always about helping him, helping that. Can you bring something to the table for me to cook? Can he be about himself? Free yourself, whether you stay or you leave, can you perform? That’s about it.
It’s one thing to play in transition, remember? Playing in transition, Dortmund, pressing, gegenpressing, or whatever and when a team waits for you, and you have to unlock stuff, it’s a different ballgame.
‘Now I don’t think he’s a bad player, I’m just saying at what point can it come from you? At what point can he free himself?’
Pulisic was a late substitute in Tuchel’s final game in charge of Chelsea, a disappointing 1-0 Champions League defeat to Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb.
Following the loss, Pulisic said: ‘I thought we started strong and we looked in control of the game and then, of course, they had one good counter-attack and scored a fantastic goal. That made it extremely difficult for us.
I thought we deserved to score some goals. We felt the better team for a majority of the game but, like I said, they managed to get that goal off the counter-attack and they made it extremely difficult and defended well for the whole game.
‘We have to bounce back. Clearly, some tough results recently and it is time to bounce back and get another win.’
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