Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner have completely different outlooks on leaving Chelsea this summer, a report has claimed.
The two attackers moved to Chelsea in 2019 and 2020, respectively, but have struggled for game time. While poor form has largely held Werner back, niggling injuries have proved Pulisic’s problem.
In any case, neither player has managed to nail down a long-term starting role under Frank Lampard or current manager Thomas Tuchel.
Strength in depth is another Chelsea factor which has not helped Pulisic and Werner’s cause. And with more change to the Blues’ front line coming this summer, they could both leave.
Pulisic and Werner have both reportedly been floated as stars who could slot into a Chelsea players-plus-cash deal for their top transfer targets, such as Matthijs de Ligt.
Werner’s open stance on finding a new challenge has been clear for some time. According to the Daily Mail, though, Pulisic feels determined to stay and fight for his place.
The USA international has enjoyed a few standout spells of form, notably in the end-of-season period after the first coronavirus lockdown in 2020.
Since then, he has not really taken his game to a new level. But with two years left on his contract, he wants to continue to make his mark in the hope of landing fresh Stamford Bridge terms.
Pulisic has played 114 games for Chelsea, scoring 25 goals and assisting 18 others.
Werner, meanwhile, has scored two fewer Blues goals than Pulisic in 25 fewer games.
Hakim Ziyech is a third Chelsea attacker whose future is uncertain amid the Blues’ links with bringing Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling in.
The Daily Mail claims that the Morocco international does not feature in Tuchel’s plans. Chelsea are therefore hopeful of selling him to AC Milan.
Pulisic needs strong Chelsea season
Pulisic ideally needs to prove himself next season, but he is taking a career risk with either staying at Chelsea or leaving.
If he stays and Sterling signs, the England international will become the senior man up front for Tuchel.
Pulisic would get game time, but he may remain in the shadows behind Sterling and potentially more Chelsea additions.
Does Christian Pulisic need to be sold by Chelsea?
Thomas Tuchel has a dilemma on his hands with Christian Pulisic, does the USA international need to be sold by Chelsea?
If he leaves, he may get his early career back on track but he could also end up harming his career.
Pulisic needs to think carefully, knowing that next season will be one of the 23-year-old’s biggest and most important of his career so far.