Jamie Carragher has urged Christian Pulisic to follow in the footsteps of Timo Werner and leave Chelsea for a ‘smaller club’ in an effort to get his career back on track, having fallen down the Stamford Bridge pecking order.
The American forward is currently in his fourth season at Chelsea since joining from Borussia Dortmund for £58m in 2019, but he is yet to truly establish himself as a consistent star at the Bridge, suffering from injury problems and inconsistency issues.
Werner endured a similar fate at Chelsea following his mega move from the Bundesliga, struggling to recapture his form from Germany in the Premier League. As such, Chelsea took a hit of his transfer and re-sold him back to RB Leipzig in the summer for a cut price.
Christian Pulisic news: Time to leave Chelsea?
- Jamie Carragher believes Christian Pulisic should leave Chelsea for a ‘smaller club’ (click here for full quotes).
- He used the example of Timo Werner at RB Leipzig to reinforce his point.
- Out of a possible 125 Premier League matches since he joined Chelsea, Pulisic has started just 52, considerably less than half.
- Graham Potter takes on former club Brighton this weekend and Sky Bet are offering 10/1 on Aubameyang scoring a goal assisted by Mount.
Since returning to Saxony, Werner has looked to recapture his previous form, and he recently netted the winner in the club’s 3-2 Champions League win over Real Madrid, his second successive goal in Europe after bagging against Celtic a fortnight ago.
In light of Werner’s re-emergence as a first-team regular, Carragher has now used his tale as example for Pulisic to follow, believing the 24-year-old will flourish more as a big fish in a small pond, rather than being one of many superstars in a pool of elite talent.
Carragher told CBS: “100 per cent [Pulisic should consider a smaller club].
“A lot of footballers are different, I do scratch my head when I see certain players at clubs for a long time and they never really get into the team.
“And that’s why I think Thierry [Henry] is saying he respects Timo Werner. Rather than just sitting on the bench another year or two he’s gone back to somewhere where he’s going to play week in, week out.
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“And I just think Pulisic is sort of at that stage now where there’s been a few managerial changes.
“It looks like he’s getting more of a chance with Potter, but not just him, I think Graham Potter is a manager who changes it every game so everyone is getting a chance.
“So he may feel like he’s getting more of an opportunity to prove to the manager he can be in that recognised 11.”
He continued: “But he’s been there a few years now, it hasn’t quite happened for him for whatever reason, and maybe Dortmund is a level down from Chelsea who are a team who are trying to win the Champions League – we know Pulisic was part of that win.
“But eventually you have to make that decision. I don’t think you can continue to be in that position that he’s been in for the last two or three years.”