Christian Pulisic is really impressing for the United States in the ongoing CONCACAF Gold Cup competition, the quality of the opposition notwithstanding.
The United States are already into the final of the competition where they’ll face Mexico and the Chelsea attacker played a significant role in sealing a final place for his nation.
His latest contribution was scoring a brace in the 3:1 win against Jamaica in the semi-finals. This is one signing that should excite Chelsea fans ahead of the new season, regardless of Eden Hazard’s exit to Real Madrid.
It’s no more news that Christian Pulisic has already established himself as one of the brightest young talents in European club football, going by his time with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
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The 20-year-old is arguably the man of the moment in the Gold Cup competition with 3 goals already to his name. His contributions thus far go beyond finding the back of the net and this is a major plus to his abilities.
On the international level, Pulisic has been highly prolific and this is is a pointer that he can translate such scoring form to the club football scene.
The attacker has contributed to 18 of the last 39 goals scored by the United States. His involvement percentage is 46%. When you compare this to the ratio of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at the international level, then it’s impressive.
To go into detail, Ronaldo has had a hand in 16 of Portugal’s last 39 goals with an involvement rate of 41%. Now compare this to Pulisic’s 46%.
Lionel Messi, on the other hand, despite his seeming struggles with Argentina has contributed to 19 of Argentina’s last 39 goals, thereby resulting in an involvement rate of 49%. This is the highest amongst the three players.
Pulisic is impressive when compared to these two players at his age when it comes to international competitions. He’s just 20 and will be working under an attack-minded manager in Frank Lampard who proved this at Championship side Derby County.
Hopefully, the new Chelsea signing gets his scoring boots on at club level when the season commences for him at a new club and in a new league.