Jesse Marsch speaks out on Christian Pulisic as Leeds United transfer speculation swirls
Leeds United need a goalscorer, and there are a host of names who have been linked with a move to Elland Road in recent months.
Charles De Ketelaere and Cody Gakpo are both unattainable targets now having been linked with a move for much of the summer transfer window, while the belief around Willy Gnonto is that he is still not quite ready to be a mainstay in the first-team.
There is money in the bank for a move considering a first-team striker wasn’t brought in during the summer, and that has seen links to American international superstar Christian Pulisic, who needs saving from a torrid time at Chelsea.
Pulisic joined Stamford Bridge in a mega-money move back in 2019 but has failed to make an impact in west London due to injuries and lots of volatility behind the scenes, and without an extended run in the first-team it’s thought that a new environment could do him the world of good.
With the American owners set to come into play in 2023, an American superstar to join the likes of Brenden Aaronson, Tyler Adams and Marsch would be the cherry on the cake for owners.
It was previously looked upon as a signing that had no chance of happening owing to the lack of funds for wages, and their lowly status in the game in comparison to Chelsea’s lofty heights.
But writing in a pre-World Cup column for The Athletic (18 November), Marsch seemingly admitted that he would be open to a transfer and shared how he would help the 24-year-old shine.
“With Christian, I don’t know him well enough, and I’ve said in the past that I would love to get to know him more because I can see that there’s so much potential there,” he said.
“But I often wonder how to tap into it, truly.
“If we look at what Christian can bring to the U.S. at this World Cup, from a purely tactical perspective, he’s best in space.
“So in transition moments and when he can be on the run and use his combination of agility and speed and technical ability, that’s when he’s able to be at his best.
“That feeds more into the games where the U.S. are able to be a little bit more in pressing phases and are in more transition phases.”
So the will for a transfer to happen exists, the manager is already interested and believes he knows how best to use the player to his maximum ability, and that player could potentially hold the keys to greater success for Leeds.
Victor Orta’s talks with Chelsea mean he has Todd Boehly’s number, so he better get on the phone and get a deal together to bring Pulisic to Elland Road.