Whilst he was never on the books at any youth level, it’s easy to see why Christian Pulisic’s move to Chelsea was almost a homecoming written in the stars. A Croatian citizen born in America with footballing experience in England, Pulisic’s skill ceiling is amongst the most exciting in the Premier League. However, his Blues move has so far delivered just a handful of glimpses of his frightening potential between time on the medical table. Check out SinkorSwimSports as we take a look at Christian Pulisic’s Premier League stats, records, and career.
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Christian Pulisic Stats
Full name: Christian Mate Pulisic
D.OB: 18th September 1998 (age 23)
Place of Birth: Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
Position: Winger/Attacking Midfielder
Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Awards (Club): DFB-Pokal (2015/16), UEFA Champions League (2020/21), UEFA Super Cup (2021)
Expectation From An Early Age
Having grown up in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Christian Pulisic’s sporting upbringing was unlike a lot of those living in North America in the late 1990s. Both his parents had played collegiate soccer for George Mason University, with his father going on to coach the indoor soccer side, Harrisburg Heat.
Throughout his youth career, Pulisic played for Michigan Rush (2006-07), and PA Classics (2008-15), a part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy that had only been founded a year prior. The young American also spent time in England, playing for Brackley Town, as well as going on a trial at Chelsea where he would meet a certain Mason Mount.
Pulisic’s career was blown up to viral status in February 2015 when German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund announced they had acquired the then-16-year-old for their U17 side.
At the time, it was one of the first instances of young talent from North America being picked up by one of Europe’s best teams, and the weight of expectation thrown onto Pulisic instantly blew up.
The American notched up 10 goals and 8 assists in his first 15 games for Dortmund’s U17 and U19 teams, leading to a call-up to the senior side over their winter break.
Christian Pulisic made his first-team debut for Dortmund against Ingolstadt on January 30, coming on the 68th minute in a 2-0 win.
2016. His first Europa League appearance came against Porto on February 18th, with his first Bundesliga starts coming against Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke.
April would also see Pulisic bag his first goal for Dortmund, scoring a wonderful solo effort against Hamburg, making him the fourth-youngest and youngest non-German to score in the Bundesliga.
Pulisic would continue to rack up records in the campaigns after his breakthrough year, becoming the youngest American and youngest player in Borussia Dortmund’s history to play in the Champions League, where he would win the Man of the Match award in a 6-0 demolition of Legia Warszawa.
He became the club’s youngest scorer in the competition, bagging a goal in Dortmund’s win over Benfica in the round of 16.
But, whilst he racked up over a century’s worth of appearances for Dortmund, it’s fair to say Pulisic never found a concrete position that he was able to hold for an extended period. During his time in Germany, the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ousmane Dembele, André Schürrle, Mario Gotze, and Jadon Sancho would all join and leave the club, however, the club frequently looked to secure talents from around Europe, rather than trust in the American talisman in their ranks.
From 2015/16 to his final campaign in 2018/19, Pulisic only averaged 57.2 minutes played divided by ninety, surpassing 20 starts and 2,000 minutes of Bundesliga action in one of his four campaigns (both in 17/18), which contributed to the American’s decision to look to take his career to new heights elsewhere.
Christian Pulisic Borussia Dortmund Stats
Bundesliga Appearances: 90
Total Appearances: 127
Bundesliga Goals: 13
Bundesliga Assists: 16
League Minutes Played: 5,148
Signing For Chelsea
Whilst it was a tale of playing second-fiddle for Pulisic at Dortmund, the American arrived in London as a potential superstar in the making.
Signing for the Blues for €64 million (£55 million), Pulisic’s arrival in the summer of 2019 coincided with the departure of Eden Hazard. And whilst no Chelsea fan was expecting Pulisic to arrive and take on the weight of the club like Hazard did in the Belgian’s final few campaigns, the two players have some similar traits that made comparisons inevitable.
At 5’7 and 5’9, the two players have a low centre of gravity that they use to wiggle through tight defensive blocks and make them stand out as some of the best dribblers in the league.
Pulisic made his debut for the Blues on the opening day of the 2019/20 season against Manchester United but announced his arrival on October 26th with a perfect hat-trick against Burnley, becoming the youngest American and youngest Chelsea player to score a hattrick in the Premier League. He would follow this up with two more goals in his next two outings against Watford and Crystal Palace, showcasing his proficiency when given a run in a team.
Pulisic has a coolness in the biggest occasion that has been one of the biggest developments since his arrival in West London, scoring the winner against Manchester City that confirmed Liverpool as champions, and the opening goal against Arsenal in the 2020 FA Cup final.
Christian Pulisic Premier League Stats And Record
Pulisic was reunited with Thomas Tuchel in January 2021 following the surprise sacking of Frank Lampard. On the face of things, it looked like the American would be one of the biggest benefactors of the managerial turnaround with the German knowing firsthand the skills Pulisic possesses, though the numbers haven’t reflected that just yet.
In 2019/20 under Lampard, the American started 19 out of his 25 Premier League appearances, playing 1,722 minutes; with 2020/21 delivered 18 starts in 27 matches in 1,728 minutes on the pitch.
Once again, Pulisic would prove to be one of Chelsea’s go-to guys for the big occasion, with his standout performances in 2020/21 coming in the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, where he would contribute with a goal and an assist across both legs.
Pulisic played in the Blues’ Champions League win over Manchester City, becoming the first American to play in the final. He made appearances for Chelsea in the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup Final and the 2022 Carabao Cup against Palmeiras and Liverpool respectively and scored in his first start under Graham Potter against Wolves.
Christian Pulisic Chelsea Stats
Premier League Appearances: 87
Total Appearances: 133
Premier League Goals: 20
Premier League Assists: 11
League Minutes Played: 5,161′
Few players in the world have the level of expectation thrust upon them as much as Christian Pulisic. Only 23, Pulisic is continuing to smash records and making history as one of North America’s first global superstars. Already a national team captain, he has all the potential to be as iconic a figure as the likes of Romelu Lukaku at Stamford Bridge, with a level of pace, technique, and flair that could be a frightening asset to this Blues team.
Currently averaging 2.7 shots, 2.1 key passes, and 0.6 goals per ninety, Pulisic hits the ground running whenever he steps onto the pitch and there are plenty of signs that his overall play has developed since his early days in Germany. Injuries have undoubtedly stunted his growth, however, that immediate impact upon returning to the pitch continues to make him an asset Chelsea managers are keen to make use of.
Graham Potter has a good track record of nurturing nippy wingers during his time at Brighton, with the likes of Leandro Trossard, Solly March and Tariq Lamptey all honing their game under the Englishman. After all the years of hiring and firing, Todd Boehly is keen to usher in a period of project building with Potter at the helm, and Christian Pulisic could prove to be one of the biggest benefactors of this settled era at Stamford Bridge.
Club Appearances Minutes Played Goals Assists Chelsea 133 7,164' 26 21 Borussia Dortmund 127 7,495' 19 26 Total (All Competitions) 150 14,659' 45 47
Total (All Competitions)
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