Former USA player Kyle Martino has said that Christian Pulisic is the ‘right side of cocky’ which can make him the perfect Eden Hazard replacement at Chelsea.
The 20-year-old’s deal to the Blues from Borussia Dortmund was sealed at the beginning of January, but it has been put on to the back-burner for now with the American loaned back to the Bundesliga side.
However, having put pen to paper on a £57milion deal, the winger will join the rest of the Blues in the summer and start his career with the Blues properly.
It is a big fee for a player still learning his trade, however according to Martino, Pulisic is ready to make a real impact straight away.
“He can [start] and I think $73million says that Chelsea thinks that he needs to be ready to start. It is big money for a player who’s worth it,” Martino said on Sky Sports News.
“A World Cup qualifying experience where he is probably the bright spot of a really disappointing run for the US men’s national team. Twenty Champions League appearances.
“You look at the video and it tells you the quality is there but what’s hard to scout is his character.
“But I have talked to some of the US players that were with him and the coaches that have coached him, who have said he is the right side of cockiness.
“He has this confidence where he plays and he wants to take over a game and I just think Chelsea are getting a player that, if Eden Hazard leaves, that is ready to come and start right away.”