Emotional Christian Pulisic Reacts To Being Subbed Off For USA Against Canada
Christian Pulisic has had a tough start to life as a Chelsea player and on Tuesday night his struggles continued for his national team and he didn't hide from his emotions.
The American forward was signed in January by Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund and sent back on loan to the Germans for the rest of the season but since moving to the Premier League in the summer has played just 287 minutes of Premier League football, with just three starts.
On Tuesday he was playing for his national team as they took on Canada in the Concacaf Nations League. Pulisic failed to have the desired effect and was taken off after an hour. He wasn't impressed and was shown on the bench nearly in tears.
I have tears in my eyes by watching this...why would you sub the only player that has carried us this far in the game...I'm so so so sorry @cpulisic_10 I love you. We love you :blue_heart: I hope you know that. I hope you fkin know that today:pensive:- #JusticeForPulisic (@purely_pulisic) October 16, 2019
Keep your head up high champ.. pic.twitter.com/vKUuIONf41
The move didn't work as Bayern Munich youngster Alphonso Davies but the hosts ahead just three minutes later and striker Lucas Cavallini made it 2-0 in injury time.
Canada's win put them top of League A Group A in the competition, which is similar to UEFA's Nations League in format, with just the return fixture with the US to play, whilst the US also have Cuba to face.
For Pulisic though it shone further spotlight on his recent problems with his form. The 21-year-old has never really suffered such a drop off for club or country before this and manager Frank Lampard will need to find a way to get the best out of the player.
Pulisic has struggled for match time at Stamford Bridge with the £58 million signing being used less than Mason Mount, Willian and Ross Barkley in attacking positions, despite being thought of as a replacement for Eden Hazard.
The former Dortmund forward, who was overtaken by Jadon Sancho in the pecking order by the time he left the Bundesliga runners up, will now come under more pressure from fit again Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Can Pulisic return to his best form and will Lampard get the best out of him. The alternative is finding himself sat on the bench more often and becoming a Premier League 'flop.'