Leeds United should avoid £31.5m deal for Chelsea flop Christian Pulisic
Every time a half decent American footballer comes on the market, Leeds United get linked with a deal and that’s the case with Christian Pulisic.
The Chelsea winger is reportedly surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge right now and that has led to speculation that he has been made available for £31.5m, with Calciomercato reporting that Leeds are among the clubs interested in signing him.
Along with Leeds, Juventus and Newcastle are supposed to be interested too, but this seems like a deal that the Whites would be best off entirely avoiding.
For a start, £31.5m is likely to see Leeds in the conversation for Cody Gakpo come January and there is little doubt that the Dutch forward suits Leeds’ style far better than Pulisic does.
But going deeper than that, there are big concerns around Pulisic’s quality coming through in the Premier League.
During his time at Borussia Dortmund, the American winger made a name for himself as a pacy, direct player who had lots of creativity and a goal threat to boot.
But since joining Chelsea he has struggled to make any such impact, and his injury record has been magnified because of the huge amounts of time he has missed.
In three full seasons with the Blues Pulisic has made 25, 27 and 22 appearances in the Premier League. He has yet to hit 30 appearances in a single season, and has played the full 90 minutes just 29 times in his career to date in the top flight.
With Leeds looking to implement a fast-paced, intense playing style Pulisic is unlikely to fit in despite his obvious qualities on the ball.
There’s also a debate as to whether he’s even better than Jack Harrison right now on the left flank, with the former New York City winger shining under Marsch and becoming a key player at Elland Road.
With that fee and so many question marks about whether he could actually cut it in the Premier League or not, it’s a deal to avoid.
Pulisic is a big name and clearly a quality player, but not every player can just slide into any team and it’s highly unlikely that he’d make a big difference for Leeds if brought in with that fee weighing on him too.