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Chelsea Transfer News: This is what Blues can expect from Christian Pulisic

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That’s according to German football expert Raphael Honigstein.

Chelsea announced the £58m deal for Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund earlier this week and many wondered if that meant Eden Hazard would be leaving this summer.

But Honigstein insists the two are completely different players and while Hazard will run at defenders, Pulisic will look to split the opposition with his passing range.

Honigstein told the Totally Football Show: “What does he bring to Chelsea? He’s not a striker, he’s the guy that operates on the wing or in the No.10 role and creates a lot of opportunities, plays the penultimate ball, plays the final ball and makes things happen in the final third.

“There’s still, one or two areas where he can improve, I think he’s not quite as direct as some more prolific wide players he’s not quite as dangerous as yet, doesn’t quite have the consistency or presence and threat you’d like.

“But he’s still very, very young.

“The analytics people point to a lot of indicators that are very, very promising for him but it hasn’t quite yet translated to goals and assists.”

Blues boss Maurizio Sarri claimed on Wednesday that he had no idea Chelsea were about to make Pulisic the most expensive American in history until it happened.

He said: “I didn’t know anything about Pulisic yesterday [Tuesday]. The club asked my opinion about him last month.

“My opinion was positive and today [Wednesday] I knew I have that the deal is done but I didn’t know anything.

“I am not in charge of the [transfer] market, of course, so I have to think about the matches I have to play every three days, so I can only say my opinion to the club.”

Chelsea are currently fourth in the Premier League and are will need to shake off a spell of poor form if they are to fend off a resurgent Manchester United and Arsenal to secure a Champions League spot for next year.



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