Chelsea star who said ‘yes’ to Newcastle urged to reconsider as Tuchel claim slammed as ‘absolute bullshit’
A Chelsea striker reportedly given the green light to join Newcastle is set to reconsider due to a huge switch, while a claim as to why he rarely featured under Thomas Tuchel has been flatly dismissed.
Chelsea and Newcastle have both seen big upheavals since their takeovers crossed the line. Both have a different manager than the new owners inherited and both have invested heavily in the market.
Pep Guardiola thinks Newcastle already have crossed the walls of the traditional “top six”. Heading into Sunday’s games, the Magpies were already in the top four, three points clear of fifth place. chelsea.
The two clubs have yet to cross paths in the market since their takeovers, either for players transferred between the pair or in their shared appreciation of shared goals.
However, come the winter window, that may well change.
Reports from Spain last week claimed Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic had said ‘yes’ to join Chelsea in January.
Newcastle reportedly set aside around £35m for the move, a figure well below the £58m Chelsea paid Borussia Dortmund in 2019.
However, the 24-year-old USA international’s career has stalled since joining Stamford Bridge and that may have facilitated a price drop.
Outlets in England have yet to back the Spanish media’s claims, suggesting they may be a bit premature. Either way, Pulisic’s situation at Chelsea would lend itself to an exit given he’s never been a regular starter in the capital.
Moreover, some within the media – as Jamie Carragher – urged Pulisic to raise the sticks and leave.
Besides Newcastle, Leeds Utd have been linked. Los Blancos’ connection is obvious given that they have American owners and an American manager in Jesse Marsch.
The Chelsea winger in a win-win situation
Now, talk to ESPNcommentator, pundit and broadcaster, Jon Champion, led the rule on Pulisic’s future.
First of all, Champion said the managerial change at Chelsea should make Pulisic patient. While he was never too favored by Thomas Tuchel, his situation could still change under Graham Potter.
Moreover, Champion railed against the ex-boss’ story that Tuchel didn’t play Pulisic very often due to anti-American sentiment. In Champion’s words, this notion is “total sales pitch” and not an idea an elite manager would ever have.
“I think it’s time to be patient because Graham Potter has just arrived,” Champion said.
“There are stories that link him to Newcastle, so actually he’s in a pretty good position. He’s linked with one of England’s brightest young managers in Eddie Howe. And he’s already playing under another in Graham Potter.
“Both will select their teams on merit. Those stories I read about Thomas Tuchel being anti-American for not giving Pulisic more playing time are pure nonsense.
“This is to suggest that a manager would select a team to serve his own whims rather than a team that will have the best chance of winning a game.
“If Pulisic is going to give Chelsea the best chance of winning a game, he will be in the starting XI.”
Pulisic ‘disappointed’ at Chelsea
On Pulisic’s time at Stamford Bridge overall, Champion didn’t mince words.
“I think he is disappointed considering the amount of money that has been invested in him.
“But I think it’s a tough stage to play on as a young player coming in.
“There will always be a lot of competition and scrutiny [at Chelsea] . The club is run in a special way, not like a conventional football club, or it certainly wasn’t when [Roman] Abramovich was at the helm.
“That may now change under Todd Boehly. But it will be a slow change because Abramovich was there for so long.
“Without in any way wanting to knock him out of Chelsea’s doorstep, I would say that if Newcastle were to call after the World Cup, Pulisic should consider it very seriously.
“Newcastle is going to be the most exciting project to be involved with over the next five years anywhere in the Premier League.”
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