Christian Pulisic Rightfully Drawing Eden Hazard Comparisons


When Chelsea signed U.S. international Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in January of 2019, many believed that this acquisition signaled the end of the Eden Hazard era at Stamford Bridge. After all they play the same position and Hazard was consistently being linked with a move to Real Madrid.

That summer the Belgian finally made his move to the Spanish capital, after years of speculation, and the Blues were left with a void in their attacking midfielder/winger position group.

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After all, this topic was one that both players were asked about in interviews with the media.

Pulisic has indeed stepped up nicely to fill that void, continuing his fine form by putting in numerous seamless runs and a consistent ability to get opposing defenders going the wrong way.  Last night, on his homeland’s 244th birthday, Pulisic came up big yet again with another 8/10 performance in the 3-0 win over Watford.

He set up one of the three goals by winning the penalty after turning Etienne Capoue completely around just before halftime.

On a team level, it was a big three points that Chelsea desperately needed. On an individual level, it continued a streak of games in which Pulisic has either scored, assisted or won the penalty that sets up a score from the spot.

Manager Frank Lampard just said a few days ago that Christian Pulisic could one day be at the same level as Sadio Mane, Mo Salah or Raheem Sterling.

But on this Fourth of July, the American was consistently being compared to Eden Hazard, at least by numerous users of social media.

Just how phenomenal has Pulisic been since the restart? How much did all the added time off help him to get healthy and regain his top form. The video below provides a good, concise analysis.

On Independence Day, the most expensive American footballer in history showed us glimpses into how he may become the greatest American footballer in history.

Just remember though that he is the only Christian Pulisic, not the next Eden Hazard. The tweet above expressing that sentiment truly nailed that.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports, which is partnered with News NowBanks, the author of “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly contributes to WGN TVSports IllustratedChicago Now and SB Nation.

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