Christian Pulisic’s entering his third season at Chelsea, but as pointed out by the official club website, he’s yet to have a “full” preseason with the team. He arrived late in 2019, joining up with the squad already on the tour of Japan, and preseason itself was pretty much canceled last year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the much bigger concern of Pulisic’s first two seasons have been his frequent injury issues — at least nine separate ailments, as per Transfermarkt, which may be a generous count. He’s missed large chunks of both seasons, almost 30 games combined, and starting just 52 times (77 total appearances). Chelsea have played 114 games during that time.
Pulisic did manage to dazzle to great effect on occasion, especially during Project Restart in 2020, but having him available for only about half of our games is not exactly a great situation. He himself knows that as well, and is hoping that a full summer to rest, relax, recover, and fully prepare for the season ahead will make the crucial difference.
“I think that’s going to be a big positive for me, so I’m looking forward to the start of the season. This year is my first real full pre-season at Chelsea and it’s just given me a good chance to get my full fitness and for me to get 100 per cent fit and ready to play 90 minutes once the season begins.
“That’s the aim for me, just trying to get my body in a good place where I can be available as much as possible this season. Hitting the ground running at the start of the season is the goal, of course. It’s nice to be able to have a full pre-season this time and get nice and fit and be 100 per cent ready in time for the start of the season.”
-Christian Pulisic; source: Chelsea FC
Chelsea are having a very quiet summer transfer window, which means we’re going to need our young stars to step up and rise to an even higher level this season, especially if we are to challenge for the league title. Pulisic will turn 23 in a couple months; he’s got eons of career ahead of him, with plenty of goals, assists, tricks and trophies — if he can stay healthy.