Melchiot has warned Chelsea not to expect Christian Pulisic to replace the void of Eden Hazard next season.
“I think if you put that pressure on Pulisic it would set him up for failure,” Melchiot told Express Sport. “I don’t think that you should look at it like that. I don’t think Chelsea have bought Pulisic to be the star man straight away.”
“He’s definitely one of the most talented players in America. But when you look at Dortmund, [Jadon] Sancho is their star man right now. Sancho is the one making all the headlines, because he’s doing so well, also because he is dictating a lot.”
“When he gets on the ball everybody gets excited because of the pace he has, the skill, everything. Pulisic was exactly what he was but now it’s really hard for him to get in the team.”
“Now you want to tell me he’s going to be the star man and taking the place of Eden Hazard? That is a big, big ask you’re asking the guy.”
“I think that’s too much weight that we’re putting on him, I think it would not also be fair for him to arrive at Stamford Bridge already with that pressure on his shoulders. I don’t think we should look at him like that.”