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 games so far this season and is said to be frustrated with his lack of playing time in west London.
It has been hinted that the sacking of Blues manager Thomas Tuchel could be good news for Pulisic as he tries to revive his career at Chelsea, but Carragher is not so confident.
Speaking to CBS Sports, the former Liverpool and England defender said: “Do you think he doesn’t play because of Thomas Tuchel or because of himself?
“I don’t think he’s good enough to play for Chelsea. I think he’s been around for a few years. I think he had enough opportunities.
“I don’t think a new manager will completely rejuvenate him or he’ll play week in and week out now that Tuchel is gone. I just think he’s a squad player for Chelsea no matter who the manager is.
“To play week after week and make a difference for one of the best teams in the world, he’s not good enough for that at the moment.
“I’ve already said that I think he has great skills. Some of those things that I’ve seen him do for Chelsea are the goals he’s scored. But it’s not consistent enough and he gets injured quite often.
“I just never see him ousting 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 completing a £58million move from Borussia Dortmund in 2019.
But the America international has largely flattered himself to feign in a Chelsea shirt, scoring just 25 goals in 122 games and struggling to cement a first-team spot.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry insists it’s up to Pulisic to jump-start his Chelsea career and says success won’t be his alone.
He added: “They have to come and deliver at one point. It’s also about you what you can bring to the table.
“You can be the best chef in the world and if that guy doesn’t put anything on the table, what do you cook?
“It’s always about the coach, it’s always about helping him, helping him. Can you get me something to cook on the table? Can he be about himself? Free yourself whether you stay or go, can you perform? That’s all.
“It’s one thing to play in transition, remember? Switching game, Dortmund, pressing, counter-pressing or whatever and when a team is waiting for you and you have to unlock stuff, that’s a different ball game.
“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 break free?’
Pulisic came on as a late substitute in Tuchel’s last game as Chelsea manager, a disappointing 1-0 Champions League defeat by Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb.
After the defeat, Pulisic said: “I thought we started strong and kept the game under control and then of course they have a good counterattack and score a fantastic goal. That made it extremely difficult for us.
“I thought we deserved to score a few goals. We felt like we were the better team for most of the game, but like I said, they managed to get that goal on the counterattack and they made it extremely difficult and defended well throughout the game.
“We have to recover. Sure, some tough results lately and it’s time to bounce back and get another win.
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