‘This Chelsea player reminds me about Eden Hazard’-Gary Neville said Tuchel was lucky to have him on his squad… Gary Neville made a bold comparison between Christian Pulisic and a Chelsea legend last night. No doubt, in Chelsea’s game against Manchester United, Gary Nevill said his Christain Pulisic style of playing, reminds him of Eden Hazard’s style of playing football. Not the Hazard that has spent most of his time at Real Madrid on the treatment table.
The Hazard that spent seven years turning Premier League defenders inside out, twinkling past tackles, and earning iconic status at Stamford Bridge. Pulisic only joined Chelsea in 2019, so has a few campaigns of catching up to do before recreating the Belgian’s stint as a blue. There is an argument to say Pulisic is still trying to find his feet at Chelsea.
However, where Hazard often turned his dribble into a goal or assist, Pulisic is yet to consistently supply the same kind of output.
“Pulisic has got a huge talent. I just think he needs to go on to that next level. He has to take his chance,” said Neville during last night’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
“He is a Hazard light.
“He reminds me of Eden Hazard, the way he floats with the ball but he doesn’t have the numbers attached to his game that you need if you’re going to play for one of the top clubs.”
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But this really shouldn’t be the case as the 23-year-old approaches the end of his third full season in blue. A mass of injuries certainly hasn’t helped the attacker shoot to the heights set by Hazard.
Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Hakim Ziyech all arrived in 2020, followed up by Romelu Lukaku’s return to the club. Then there’s the emergence of Mason Mount, with Callum Hudson-Odoi also an option. Meanwhile, Hazard did have competition for his position, he quickly made it to the front of the queue and never looked back.