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Newcastle must complete swoop for Christian Pulisic

Newcastle United have regularly been linked with a move for Chelsea starlet, Christian Pulisic, in recent times, with the United States international having seemingly emerged as something of a leading target for the Magpies of late.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano notably stated earlier this season that the Tynesiders had been “obsessed” with trying to land the 24-year-old during the summer window, only for the deal to ultimately break down due to the northeast side’s preference for a loan move.

More recent speculation has suggested that Eddie Howe’s side could again make a move when the market re-opens in January, with the playmaker – who has just 18 months left on his existing deal at Stamford Bridge – also having caught the eye of both Manchester United and Arsenal.

The former Borussia Dortmund man has endured a stop-start stint in English football since signing from the German outfit back in 2019, both due to injury and the wealth of competition for places, although still boasts a haul of 47 goal involvements in 133 games in that time.

The Champions League winner has been particularly on the periphery since failing to secure his desired exit from west London in the recent window, with only five of his 18 appearances for the Blues this season having come from the start.

Despite those woes, the 54-cap gem is clearly a “talented boy” – in the words of pundit Roy Keane – with that quality having been evident on the international stage over the past week or so, as the Hershey-born ace has dazzled at the World Cup.

The £150k-per-week sensation notably produced a “delightful” assist, as per Statman Dave, to tee up Timothy Weah during the draw with Wales in the opening group game, before again looking lively in the goalless draw with England on Friday evening.

That latest outing saw the fleet-footed speedster give Newcastle gem Kieran Trippier – who looked ‘shaky‘ according to journalist Jacob Steinberg – a tough evening down the left flank, with Pulisic notably going close to firing in what would have been a deserved opener for Gregg Berhalter’s side, only to see his fierce effort cannon off the crossbar.

The playmaker was a real menacing threat in attack having had two shots off target and also seen two shots blocked, while also offering quality in a defensive sense to help thwart the Three Lions after winning six of his nine ground duels and winning his solitary aerial duel.

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The under-par Trippier will likely not have enjoyed coming up against such a frightening talent, with the Englishman perhaps able to tell the powers that be at St James’ Park – including sporting director Dan Ashworth – to step up their approach for the American.

With Howe and co reportedly keen on a new recruit on the flanks, Pulisic could well seemingly be an ideal solution, with pundit Frank McAvennie suggesting that the player and the Tynesiders could prove to be a “match made in heaven” if he can catch fire.

Although there may well be competition for his signature, the aforementioned Ashworth must simply do all he can to get the 5 foot 10 superstar through the door.