Christian Pulisic has finally filling the boot left by Eden Hazard with another thrilling performance in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday night.
The USA international has been super form since the resumption of the football campaign in England amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Pulisic, 21, endured a miserable starting his life at Stamford Bridge due to a niggling hip complaint but since restart 2019/20 campaign, the USA skipper keeps stealing the show at Chelsea and he was one of the top performers in the 3-0 win over Watford.
It has been five games since the restart after coronavirus enforced break and he has shown the consistency to go with his goals, assists and sensational dribbling.
The ex-Dortmund forward is already a major threat to top-flight defences, those dribbles are turning into him winning fouls as team struggle to deal with his pace, direct running and change of direction.
The biggest beneficiary is Willian, who is on a run of scoring penalties in three consecutive matches with Pulisic winning the last two for his fellow wide-man. Alongside that, Pulisic won the free-kick that Willian converted to goal against West Ham in midweek.
On Saturday, Watford couldn’t get to grips with Pulisic’s rapid acceleration, making him unplayable for their backline. Indeed, he was Chelsea’s most fouled player having been brought down four times, which included Etienne Capoue’s rash challenge for the penalty in the 43rd minute.
Since resumption of the campaign, Pulisic is a growing trend as he becomes Chelsea’s most fouled, brought down once every 51 minutes, up from 72 minutes for the rest of the season.
That is what happened to Eden Hazard, due to his effectiveness in one-versus-one situations, but the USA skipper was reluctant to compare himself with the Belgian star, who netted 110 goals as well as providing 92 assists in his 352 appearances for the club before left Chelsea for Real Madrid last summer.
‘Eden was an incredible player for Chelsea and he is world class. I’m not trying to compare to him, I’m just trying to be my own player,’ Pulisic added.
Of course, there are differences in the style of dribbles between the two, but the end result is often the same.