This season could be a strange one for Chelsea.
Maurizio Sarri is now at Juventus, Eden Hazard has left for Real Madrid, and the upcoming transfer ban means there’ll be no summer signings.
But there will be one new face at Stamford Bridge, with the deal to sign Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund already signed and sealed back in January.
On the one hand, capturing the USA international looks like a good piece of business from the Blues.
He’s clearly talented – having broken into BVB’s first team at the age of 18 – and he’ll certainly do wonders for Chelsea’s marketability in America.
But his role at Dortmund and subsequent hype was significantly diminished last season – partly down to the meteoric rise of Jadon Sancho – and some consider him to be no more than a speed-merchant with little end product.
Replacing Hazard could be a lot to handle for the 20-year-old.
What could Christian Pulisic bring to your team?
It’s always been considered a little bit of gamble to pick a new player to the Premier League when thinking about your Dream Team line-up for the season ahead.
But with Pulisic, you can at least expect him to be a regular starter for Chelsea.
With Hazard gone, Callum Hudson-Odoi out injured until next year, and the likes of Pedro and Willian less-than-impressive last term, the youngster could find himself thrown straight into the Blues’ starting line-up, and regular game-time is always a good benchmark for a player on Dream Team.
He also has versatility on his side.
At Dortmund he proved to be comfortable playing on either flank – either on the wing or further forward as a traditional striker – while he’s mostly deployed in the No.10 position for the national team, so you can expect to see him fill a number of roles in Chelsea’s attack.
He also finished last season rather strongly, scoring two goals in his final three appearances for BVB as they missed out on the Bundesliga title by a whisker.
He’ll no doubt be disappointed with his final year in Germany.
A string of injuries limited him to just nine starts in the league – with a further 11 appearances coming from the bench – but he did notch four goals and four assists.
His role in the Champions League was marginally better, with seven appearances in total – including five in the starling line-up.
Looking through his WhoScored stats from the season, Pulisic averaged a rating of 6.84, with a total of seven goals in all competitions.
However it’s his dribbling stats that are the most impressive, with the frequency of his successful dribbles in the Bundesliga enough to rival some of the best in the league, including Sancho, Kingsley Coman and Thorgan Hazard.
Players prices for Dream Team’s new season have yet to be revealed, so we can only guess at how much Pulisic will initially cost on the game.
However, both Willian and Pedro started last season priced at £4.0m, so there’s a good chance Pulisic will be valued the same or thereabouts.
When does Dream Team start this season?
We’re all ready for the new Dream Team season.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but we imagine the game will open around mid-July.
And then it all kicks-off on August 9th, with Liverpool hosting newly-promoted Norwich at Anfield.
As always, Dream Team will be completely free to play and there’ll be a tasty jackpot up for grabs if you finish inside the top 10 at the end of the season.
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