There is a player in the Premier League who is in sizzling hot form. Lucky for us, he is a Chelsea man. After a long layoff, Christian Pulisic is hitting the form of his young life. In just 21 matches this season in the Premier League, he’s doubled his best-ever output for league goals.
This all comes as Chelsea remain in crucial ‘win-now’ mode to ensure Champions League qualification for next season. Since Project Restart began a few weeks ago, Pulisic has scored three goals, won two penalties, and has had a hand in creating eleven chances. He’s been a threat with the ball, running at defenders at speed. He’s also been a threat off the ball, making runs into space or as a diversion to pull defenders away.
We are deep into the Hot Summer of Pulisic (shout out northern hemisphere readers), and who better to help us cool off than the player who is the current embodiment of the NBA Jam phrase “He’s on fire!”
So here’s Pulisic with a ... home project?
When it’s hot outside and you’re working out, the last thing you want is to take a sip of a warm drink. Here’s a quick tip for how to make your own cooler for at home training sessions, so you can stay hydrated and cool in the heat. #GatoradePartner #BeatTheHeat #MakeTheDaysCount pic.twitter.com/6m4IkE4b28— Christian Pulisic (@cpulisic_10) July 8, 2020
To be honest, making a DIY cooler is an ... interesting ... sponsored advertisement from Gatorade, and that’s putting it politely. But who are we to judge how young Pulisic gets his bag?
If I were an upcoming opponent, I’d be taking notes on how to defend Pulisic and cool him off. You can put a body on him, foul him, though he’s quick to bounce back up. Injuries of course have been a concern from his Bundesliga days, but with six months of recovery behind him, he’s healthier, faster, stronger.
Your best bet to cool him off in a match is to literally follow the steps he outlined in his video. I fully expect Sheffield United to come out with an adult-sized cardboard box and chase Pulisic on the pitch, Diego Costa-style.
Diego Costa: always thinking outside the box...chelseafc.com/getctv pic.twitter.com/lqxbFjdQ97— Lee Parker (@Leeparker_tv) February 23, 2017
Speaking of boxes, while the plaudits are well deserved and the comparisons to Eden Hazard are admirable, Pulisic should continue to be allowed to be himself.
The similarities are there, and it’s exhilarating to see those qualities shine with each match. At the same time, we should level expectations a bit and really focus on the player Pulisic himself will become. He has a more direct approach to the game with a keener eye for goal. His work rate off the ball making runs into space or towards goal reminds me more of Pedro at times as well.
“In terms of the comparison, it’s why I stayed away from it a bit the other night, because Eden has been here and done it, and did it to an incredible level. Christian has it in his hands to go and make a real impact over a real period of time.
“The thing I’m so happy with now is that when are playing teams and the games are tough you find it hard to break teams down, he is taking responsibility to change that, to change it in moments by using his ability to turn quickly and go past people. It’s been great to see.”
-Frank Lampard, Source: Football.London
Whatever our expectations may be for Pulisic, here’s hoping his form does not cool off with only a couple weeks left of the season. If Sheffield United come around with scissors, aluminum foil, bubble wrap, and cardboard boxes, we can all blame Gatorade.
Ed.note: If you want to show your Pulisic hype for all the world to see (even though you’re supposed to STAY HOME), you can buy this t-shirt from SB Nation commercial partner Breaking T.
I mean, it’s ... okay, but our own Dead Chuck did it better.