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Breaking Angles: Christian Pulisic leaving Dortmund for Chelsea

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Pulisic on the move

Christian Pulisic is on the move, and not to Liverpool as many had thought. Instead, he’ll be off to Chelsea in England’s Premier League. Borussia Dortmund accepted a €64 bid from The Blues to send the American youngster to London. He has been loaned back to the Bundesliga leaders for the remainder of the season.

This move comes after much speculation over the past year surrounding Pulisic’s club future. Many assumed a move to Liverpool was in the cards, given Jurgen Klopp’s connection with Dortmünd and his style of play. However it appears no team came close to the bid put forth by Chelsea. And it seems The Blues may have been his preferred landing spot.

With his contract set to expire in 2020, now was a good time for Dortmund to make a move. Pulisic joined Dortmund in 2015. Since making his debut in January 2016, his work ethic and raw talent captured the hearts of the yellow wall and those of his supporters back home in the States. He has appeared in over 100 matches across all competitions, scoring goals in the Bundesliga, Champions League, and DFB Cup.

He has also made 23 appearances for the USMNT, scoring nine goals.

What comes next

Pulisic’s playing time has been down so far this season, making only 18 appearances, and scoring three goals, across all competitions. His move to Chelsea is an interesting one amidst the uncertainty of the future of Eden Hazard. Is Pulisic going to replace Hazard, or is he coming in to convince him to stay? That remains to be seen as The Blues await some kind of commitment from the Belgian star.

With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if and how Pulisic plays with Chelsea next season. It may be my Spurs bias, but Chelsea aren’t exactly known for fostering and developing young talent. As an American, I want to see him get playing time and continue to grow and hone his skills. I’m not sure if the West London club will be the right fight, but only time will tell.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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