Jack Wilshere believes Christian Pulisic has been ‘unlucky’ for Chelsea, and believes England must watch out for the Newcastle United transfer target tonight.
The 24-year-old is set to start for the USA, as they look to win three World Cup points at the expense of the Three Lions. They certainly need to win after being held to a 1-1 draw with Wales in their group opener.
As for England, they are feeling confident after kicking off their World Cup campaign with a 6-2 win over Iran. They played so well that Gareth Southgate is planning to name an unchanged starting lineup, which means Newcastle’s Kieran Trippier will be at right-back.
The 32-year-old could be the one tasked with stopping USA’s dangerman Pulisic, and Wilshere thinks he could cause England problems.
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“Christian Pulisic may not have been a huge success at Chelsea but there are times when he can turn it on,” he wrote.
“He’s been a bit unlucky at Stamford Bridge. He was signed under Maurizio Sarri — but never played for him because he was loaned straight back to Dortmund.
“Then, when he moved, he had a new manager in Frank Lampard, then it was Thomas Tuchel, who he had at Dortmund. But they never seemed to click at Chelsea — and now he’s got Graham Potter.
“So he’s had four bosses, and we’ve had Covid in that time too, so he has never had a chance to settle.
“I’ve got a few mates who are Chelsea fans, they were excited when he signed — and they still believe he can come good. He has the talent.”
One for Newcastle fans to watch
Toon supporters will be keen to see Trippier in action, but they should also keep an eye on how Pulisic gets on.
The Chelsea winger was a target for Newcastle during the summer, as Eddie Howe looked to try and add a winger to his squad.
That obsession didn’t lead to a transfer though, and he remains at Stamford Bridge.
But Pulisic’s fortunes haven’t particularly improved since Graham Potter replaced Thomas Tuchel, suggesting that a transfer away could once again be on the cards very soon.
If he does become available, don’t be surprised to see Newcastle reignite their interest. If he can regain his form, Pulisic would be a great signing – for both football and commercial reasons.