Don Hutchison thinks Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic looked really nervous in yesterday’s defeat against Manchester City.
Chelsea were eliminated in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, losing 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.
The Blues are under increasing pressure because of three defeats in their last four games across all competitions, but there were at least some positive signs in the team’s performance against Man City.
In particular, 18-year-old prospect Lewis Hall delivered the type of performance that earned him big praise post-match from Graham Potter.
Pulisic against Manchester City
ESPN pundit Hutchison highlighted Chelsea’s Pulisic for his display in midweek.
He does explain that he’s a fan of the 24-year-old attacker, but believes he looked anxious at certain times last night.
The American forward did waste one glaring first-half opportunity with his shot inside the box.
“When he does get his opportunity I don’t think he’s ruthless enough… I don’t see a ruthless finisher,” Hutchison told ESPN.
“He’s got lots of good attributes. I think his attitude is good. He’s got good movement. His balance is decent.When you get him close to goal, it’s almost like panic stations; he doesn’t stay calm in that situation.
“You showed the chance there (against Manchester City), the chance was so easy. All he had to do was slot it in one of the corners. When you see the footage again, he didn’t even hit the target. You can see he’s under pressure and that he’s panicking.”
Pulisic did actually show some really bright moments against Man City going forward, something that has been absent from a lot of the club’s attackers recently.
However, he just didn’t have the finishing touch around the box to make a breakthrough.
He’s not started a lot of games in the past couple of months since Potter took charge as Chelsea’s head coach, so it’s been hard for him to build any serious momentum in his game.
It wasn’t the kind of performance which can allow him to bang on the manager’s door and demand to start this Saturday in the Premier League against Newcastle United, though.