CHRISTIAN PULISIC V CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI
Branded as ‘The ‘American Dream’ by one of our own, Indy Gill, Pulisic’s lifelong dream to play in the Premier League has now transformed into reality, with Chelsea acquiring him for £58 million. He will stay at Dortmund on loan until the end of the season. Dortmund were reluctant to let Pulisic go in the summer, but with the ascendance of the mercurial Jadon Sancho, it seems like Michael Zorc is willing to let the dynamite American slip away sooner than initially thought, forcing Chelsea to cough up close to £60 million for a player who’s contract was due to run up soon, you could say this is very shrewd business by the Die Borussen hierarchy…
However, this transfer isn’t one-sided. Chelsea will benefit from this acquisition; even if the ‘yer-da’ Twitter users don’t believe so. As mentioned in our previous article on Pulisic, the tricky winger will bring energy and dynamism to this Chelsea team. Possessing the know-how of pressing, Pulisic could prove to be priceless to this ‘Sarri-ball’ system. Electric going forward, he runs at defenders in a way that mirrors a certain 5’8″ Belgian’s technique.
There were calls for a different youngster. An academy product that would have saved Chelsea a whole heap of cash if they had just trusted him. Mr Callum Hudson-Odoi. The English starlet seems to be falling through Chelsea’s grasp, with Bayern Munich closing in on him. Showing so much promise in pre-season and the England youth set-ups, many felt this could be CHO’s breakout season, but even with a new manager, it is the same old Chelsea, with young players finding it hard to break through. Personally, it feels like a moment that will be looked back upon in years to come.
CHRISTIAN PULISIC CAREER STATISTICS
APPEARANCES – 107
GOALS – 12
ASSISTS – 16
*As a short comparison, Callum Hudson-Odoi has played just three times for Chelsea.
Two years younger than Pulisic and simply lacking game time, it seems ignorant of whoever is behind this departure (not even Sarri seems to know), and most certainly will come to bite them back, no matter how good Pulisic will be (reminiscent of KDB and Lukaku, although Lukaku’s first touch is nigh on horrendous). To think Pulisic is twice the player Hudson-Odoi is and should command twice the price seems downright delusional and the Chelsea fans are rightfully unhappy. At least he’ll dodge Vitesse…
Furthermore, this transfer will most likely trigger the departure of Willian (not as if Chelsea fans would be angry) but the potential departures of Hazard and CHO could also come down to the Chelsea board’s decision to purchase ‘The American Dream’. This isn’t to say Christian won’t be a success, he really could be the poster boy for the Premier League across the world in 5 years’ time, especially in the USA, but what a risk…
AARON RAMSEY TO JUVE?
After Arsenal withdrew their contract offer, the Welshman finds himself in a strong position for a transfer away. At 28 years of age, Ramsey is in his prime and is being linked with some of Europe’s top clubs. His recent run of form has been good enough for Juventus to declare a strong interest in his services.
Ramsey can be classed as a Gunners legend. Not just because of his two FA Cup winning goals, his stellar 2013/14 season and the fact he has been at the Emirates for over 10 years, but because of his conduct. From the day he arrived as an eager teenager to his horrific leg-break at Stoke and even now during the current contractual turbulence that is the January transfer window, there has been no strops, complaints or any sort of controversy on or off the pitch. The perfect professional. This has made it an even more bitter pill to swallow for Gooners…
Diego Godín, alongside Giorgio Chiellini, is the last true bastion of the old-fashioned centre-defender. But what has made him so imperious during his nine years at Atlético Madrid is his ability to adapt to situations and overall changes in the style of football he plays. With the majority of his almost ten-year tenure spent alongside fellow South American Diego Simeone, the Uruguayan has had to ride various tactical changes. He has gone from a “kick it and head it” centre-back to a more ‘cultured’ ball-playing defender and he has done it with no hiccups. Now, his contract is up.
My point about Diego Godín’s versatility is that, even at 32, it wouldn’t take him long to adapt to a system or to fit a style of play. This could be why Manchester United and Arsenal have been so intent on bringing him in. Ole Gunnar Solskjær has started brilliantly at the Red Devils and with a dangerous trip to Wembley on the horizon, he could be searching for someone to partner up Swedish Player of the Year Victor Lindelöf.
Unai Emery also requires a central defender. Perhaps two or three of them. He will be anxious to bring in someone that he can trust, that can carry out his variating tactical plans and, more importantly, keep an actual clean sheet. Arsenal have THREE clean sheets this season. Same as bottom of the league Huddersfield Town. But it could be that BOTH sides will miss out, the imperious Uruguayan rumoured to be on the verge of signing for Inter Milan, a deal that would possibly include coach Diego Simeone. This deal would be cost Inter nothing and will become a reality at the end of the season, rather than January. This could be a real blow to Arsenal and Manchester United, who are so desperate to sure up their defences.
Atlético Madrid kept 33 clean sheets in all competitions last season.
He may be 32 but Diego Godín is still an animal at the heart of the Atlético defence, and when the price could drop as low as £10m, there’s always going to be top-quality clubs queuing around the corner.
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