Newcastle should sign Christian Pulisic for football and commercial reasons - opinion
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Newcastle should sign Christian Pulisic for football and commercial reasons - opinion

Newcastle United have been linked with a move for Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, and he is a player who the Magpies really should try to sign.

According to the Athletic, Eddie Howe’s side would consider a bid to try and land the American winger if the Blues decide to get rid.

There’s every chance that could happen, given how bloated Thomas Tuchel’s squad is. Pulisic featured on the opening weekend of the season, coming off the bench in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Everton.

But the 23-year-old will want to play a bigger role heading into the winter World Cup, meaning this could be the perfect time for Newcastle to make a move. And he ticks a lot of boxes.

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Pulisic would be a good fit at Newcastle

The Magpies need a winger. It’s as simple as that. While Miguel Almiron impressed in pre-season, we still need to strengthen in that area.

We have seen the club fail with bids for Moussa Diaby and Jack Harrison. Targets have either been too expensive or opted to stay where they are.

But could Pulisic be different? As previously mentioned, the upcoming World Cup could increase his desire to go somewhere that he will get guaranteed minutes. That would happen at St James’ Park, whether it’s on loan or a permanent deal.

He can play on the left or the right, which will appeal to Howe. And his speed and dribbling ability make him difficult to defend against. We’ve seen at Chelsea how dangerous he can be when he’s at full flight.

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American coach Gregg Berhalter described Pulisic as ‘unbelievable‘, while Pat Nevin thinks he could become ‘world class‘. That’s incredibly high praise.

The problem at Chelsea has always been consistency. Pulisic has been in and out of the team. He made 22 Premier League appearances last season, but only 13 of them were starts. The USA international scored six times and provided two assists.

There would be less competition for places on Tyneside, which would allow Pulisic to build up a bit more momentum. That could allow him to truly establish himself as a Premier League star.

But it’s not only footballing reasons why Pulisic would be a good signing for Newcastle.

He could boost our reputation in America

A deal for Pulisic would help Newcastle on the pitch, but it also could make a difference off it.

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The new owners are keen to boost the club’s profile all over the world, as that will help us commercially. It’s a big part of why Darren Eales is set to begin his job as CEO. He will be in charge of building Newcastle’s brand and boosting revenue.

Signing Pulisic would certainly do that. He has the potential to be the best player America has ever seen. And as ‘soccer’ grows in the United States, more eyes will be on the Premier League. There would be a lot of American eyes on St James’ Park if Pulisic became a Magpie.

It’s a deal that makes sense for football and commercial reasons. Obviously the former outweighs the latter, but the latter would be a real bonus.

If Chelsea decide they want rid, Dan Ashworth must do his best to bring Pulisic to the North East.