An update has emerged regarding Newcastle United‘s interest in Christian Pulisic on deadline day of the summer transfer window.
Keith Downie has revealed that the Tyneside club are still eyeing Chelsea‘s USA international.
The Sky Sports journalist tweeted: “Jan Bednarek situation not helpful for Newcastle’s attempts to get Harrison Ashby; Bednarek potentially going to Villa over West Ham. Newcastle need other deals to fall to be able to bring in a PL loan: Pulisic & Gallagher players they still like – but dominoes not falling #
Pete Graves backed that up by tweeting: “# latest – Ashby talks on, club like Tielemans. Loan moves also discussed with Gallagher and Pulisic mentioned. Far from easy with top clubs wary of # form. Latest on @ . @ live shortly.”
Sky Sports have since reported that a move is unlikely, as Chelsea are yet to bring in a replacement, but a deal has not been completely ruled out amid the chaos of deadline day.
Newcastle could land an upgrade on Ryan Fraser out wide if they are able to convince Chelsea to loan them Pulisic for the season.
Since arriving at St James’ Park in the summer of 2020, the Scotland international has played 54 times for the club and chipped in with three goals and six assists in all competitions – with one of those goals coming in the Carabao Cup – and that comes to one direct goal involvement every six games.
The ex-Bournemouth man has also struggled off the ball. Eddie Howe wants his side to be a pressing team and Fraser ranks in the 7th and 10th percentiles for pressures and tackles per 90 respectively among players in his position in Europe’s top five leagues over the last 365 days, classing him among the lowest brackets for both of those metrics.
Pulisic, who USA coach Gregg Berhalter recently claimed is “massive” for the national tema, offers more in terms of what he does out of possession. He ranks in the 74th percentile for pressures and 48th for tackles, which shows that there is room for improvement but that he is far better than Fraser at those aspects of the game.
Therefore, the former Dortmund attacker – who was once dubbed a “phenomenon” by journalist Roberto Rojas – could be a big upgrade on the current Newcastle winger, as his statistics suggest that the American could offer more to the team in and out of possession.