USMNT Captain Christian Pulisic is Rumored to Join Olympique Lyonnais After Five Dreadful Years at Chelsea

Some things never go according to plan – Christian Pulisic’s Chelsea career seems to be one of them. The American forward has never been able to hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge five years since joining from Borussia Dortmund for a record-breaking fee. Christian Pulisic has been a flop, safe to say.

Almost every mainstream football club has invested in a particular player that didn’t work out well. Eden Hazard spent four years at Real Madrid, joining for a reported fee of $104 million, but ended up scoring seven goals in four years. Real Madrid cut their losses when they terminated his contract some weeks ago.

While Christian Pulisic has done more at Chelsea than Hazard did at Real Madrid, it still hasn’t been a success. Signed in 2019 for a record-breaking fee for a North American player, Christian Pulisic only has 27 goals and a Champions League medal to his name.

Christian Pulisic Exit Rumors

‘Captain America’ has been the subject of transfer rumors since the season ended. He was reportedly linked to AC Milan at some point, but those rumors have since been squashed. In the past 24 hours, reports have broken out about a potential transfer of the USMNT captain to Lyon, France.

This would end a five-year spell at Chelsea marked by injuries and inconsistent displays. Pulisic is an amazing player. His quick feet, a great engine, and an eye for goals make him an ideal winger. Although he wasn’t a proven goalscorer for Borussia Dortmund (26 goals in 127 games), his all-round game was excellent and helped win his former club many games.

Nothing concrete about Lyon is available yet. However, he’s been rumored to be a priority for the French club, while Crystal Palace is also keeping tabs on the situation. While it is not clear where Pulisic will end up, it is almost certain that he won’t be playing at Chelsea next season.

Christian Pulisic’s Performance at Chelsea

Things have not gone well for Pulisic at Chelsea, despite winning a Champions League title in 2021. In the just-concluded season, he played in 26 games, starting in 9 of them and scoring 1 goal. He became the first American to play in the Champions League final when he came on in the 64th minute to replace Timo Werner.

Christian Pulisic's Champions League win with Chelsea headlines an American run on European silverware - ESPN

He also won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup the following season, playing a part in both trophies.

Pulisic will hopefully find his spark soon, albeit likely with another club. His talent is hard to deny, and it’s probably just a matter of time before he gets back to his best, whether with Lyon or Crystal Palace.

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