Tony Cascarino expects Christian Pulisic to be as good as Eden Hazard and also compared the Chelsea new boy to Arjen Robben.
Pulisic caught the eye on his first competitive start for the Blues during their penalty shoot-out defeat to Liverpool in the Super Cup on Wednesday night.
The America winger showed great skill to create Olivier Giroud’s opener, while the offside flag denied him a superb first Chelsea goal.
Replacing Hazard is no easy task, but Pulisic is already beginning to show his potential, and Cascarino believes the sky is the limit for the 20-year-old.
Writing in his column for The Times, the former Chelsea striker said: “Christian Pulisic looks like he will be a very dangerous player for Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp had been interested in the young forward and you could tell he was wary of his threat as he changed his defence to counter him, selecting Joe Gomez at right back instead of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
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“Gomez is a better defender than his team-mate but it still wasn’t enough to stop the United States international at times.
“I don’t remember a young Eden Hazard being as quick and direct and there’s no reason Pulisic can’t develop into a player of Hazard’s standing.
“Pulisic reminds me of Arjen Robben, you cannot stop him one-on-one because you don’t know which way he’s going to go and his pace is devastating. He will be a massive asset for Frank Lampard this season.”
Pulisic didn’t start in Chelsea’s Premier League opener on Sunday, which they lost 4-0 to Manchester United, and neither did N’Golo Kante.
But the Frenchman, along with Pulisic, showed just how important he will be for Lampard during an encouraging Super Cup performance from the Blues.
Cascarino added: “N’Golo Kanté’s energy is extraordinary but he offers so much more than fitness. It’s the way he darts around the pitch, he’s like an empty crisp packet in the park, flying around all over the place.
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“Lampard hasn’t moved him back into a solely defensive role, Kanté was still pushing up the pitch and pinched the ball on the halfway line for Chelsea’s opening goal.
“Yes he’s brilliant when your team is camped on the edge of their box but he’s great higher up the pitch too, as his ability to read an opponent is superb. People don’t realise how important tackling is in attack as well as defence.”
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