Christian Pulisic has all the appropriate instruments and potential to be higher than former talisman participant Eden Hazard, talkSPORT has been informed.
Former Blues stars Tony Cascarino and Frank Sinclair joined the station forward of Saturday’s FA Cup ultimate in opposition to Arsenal, and waxed lyrical concerning the American winger who has turned loads of heads in his first season within the Premier League.
Eyebrows had been raised when Chelsea introduced the signing of Pulisic for Borussia Dortmund final January for the tidy sum of £58million.
With Hazard’s transfer to Actual Madrid already introduced, followers had been hoping the membership would signal an instantaneous substitute and plenty of of them had been left disillusioned with the arrival of the United States teen.
However the 21-year-old has answered his critics with a formidable first marketing campaign with the Blues, managing ten objectives and ten assists in all competitions.
It’s not fairly pretty much as good as Hazard’s return in his first season on the membership, with the then-21-year-old Belgian ending his debut Blues marketing campaign with 13 objectives and 24 assists in all competitions – however damage and squad rotation have meant Pulisic has performed round half the quantity of video games, with 33 in comparison with Hazard’s unimaginable 62 that time period.
Comparisons with Hazard had been inevitable for a participant who shares a lot of the identical expertise and magnificence of play as they man he was introduced in to – ultimately – change however these comparisons are actually trying to be not fairly as inaccurate as many thought.
And former striker Tony Cascarino believes the participant dubbed as ‘Captain America’ by Blues followers has all the appropriate attributes to be an ever greater star for Chelsea than his predecessor.
“I’ve watched Pulisic develop and grow to be an actual participant,” mentioned the talkSPORT pundit on the Weekend Sports activities Breakfast.
“Taking a look at Hazard’s stats on this first season for Chelsea, he acquired 9 Premier League objectives, and I hold pondering, ‘was Hazard pretty much as good then as Pulisic has been in his first yr’?
“Pulisic has acquired 9 Premier League objectives as properly this season, and I believe he’s going to be one hell of a participant.
“And he’s acquired one benefit over Hazard, he’s a complete professional.
“Hazard was at Chelsea a very long time, seven years, and over these years there have been just a few dips and generally he appeared out of form, however with Pulisic every little thing about him is skilled.
“His pathway has been deliberate, the golf equipment he’s moved to to get to the holy grail of the Premier League, it’s all been programmed.
“And boy is he harmful, he’s actually approaching and I believe if he stays at Chelsea he’ll show higher than Hazard.”
And former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair agrees, saying he may very well be the match-winner for Chelsea within the ultimate and believes he’s proven indicators in his first yr that he may go on to be Chelsea’s subsequent famous person.
“He’s been unbelievable for his first season,” mentioned the 1997 FA Cup winner with the Blues.
“It’s very unfair to match him to Eden Hazard proper now, however what you are able to do is evaluate him to Eden Hazard when he first joined Chelsea, and that’s the place you get a comparability that’s very related.
“If something Pulisic has in all probability had an even bigger influence in his first season on the membership than Eden did, so what the longer term holds for this participant you may solely think about.
“He’s actually in nice kind and I believe he’ll have a key position to play at this time [in the FA Cup final against Arsenal – which is LIVE on talkSPORT!].
“It is a sport about huge gamers and large moments and I’m positive Pulisic will probably be ready for that and will probably be one of many gamers that makes an influence.”
Take heed to a clip of Tony Cascarino on the Weekend Sports activities Breakfast above!