It’s that time of the year in the world of football where transfer speculations and rumours circle in closed spheres before somehow they are leaked and plastered all over the internet. While the international break has kept the ball rolling after a thrilling season, it is the transfer window that has acted up again.
Recently, Chelsea announced they will tour the USA for their Pre-season formalities, but this exciting announcement has left the fans confused and worried.
On Chelsea’s official website, one can see photos of Kai Havertz, Reece James, and Mason Mount above the pre-season schedule while Christian Pulisic, the man who is an American citizen and plays for the Blues has been left out to promote this North American tour. This lack of visibility is even more concerning and strange since the owner of the club, Todd Boehly, is also an American.
One would only consider it natural for any club to use the face of the player belonging to that nation to promote their pre-season tour to rake in more local audiences, but his absence has raised unwanted questions which somehow stem from the rumours of the transfer window.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has been underwhelming in the Premier League with a mere six goals in 22 appearances but stood out with one great statistic. The American had a 21% goal conversion rate, the highest amongst all Chelsea forwards (Lukaku, Mount, Havertz, and Timo Werner) but some fans are still uncertain about his quality.
Chelsea fans have endured a love-hate relationship with Pulisic lately. A few days ago, they wanted him out and now when a transfer rumour has erupted; they want the young gun to stay.
If the latest reports are to be believed, Pulisic is being eyed by Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of Pulisic since his Borussia Dortmund days and touts him as an adequate replacement for Sadio Mane, who is bound for Bayern Munich.
Pulisic’s omission from Chelsea’s pre-season announcement for the USA and apparent links to Liverpool have also made some fans point out that the club might repeat the same mistake they did with Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah who were sold before they entered their prime.
For Chelsea supporters, Pulisic is still to hit his prime and, along with Havertz, can be their most deadly attacking duo in ages. But the Blues, under the new ownership of another American, should do everything in their power to keep Pulisic rather than ghost him because of some faint rumour.