During a press conference back in early January, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri dumbfounded the assembled media by admitting he had been kept completely in the dark about Christian Pulisic’s £58m transfer to West London.
According to the filter-tipped Italian, he was asked his opinion of the 20-year-old star one month prior and only found out he was now under his charge that morning.
Though hardly unique the move then took another twist when it was revealed that the attacking midfielder would remain at Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season, while his unveiling this week at Stamford Bridge was similarly uncommon.
The player was quickly whisked in to relatively little fanfare ahead of joining up with the US squad for their forthcoming Concacaf Gold Cup campaign and all people seemed interested in was seeking out his opinion on Jaden Sancho.
Here’s how it should have gone down for one of the brightest talents on the planet whose ceiling is as yet unknown.
Throughout last season speculation should have been rife that the highest rated American since Landon Donovan could potentially be on his way to the Premier League. Links to Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea should have been ubiquitous with clips showcasing his exquisite touch and wonderful vision abundant on social media. Finally, after months of mania and headlines, the conclusion that featured the level-headed youngster holding aloft a blue shirt while surrounded by a phalanx of photographers.
Frankly, by now we should be sick of the sight of Christian Pulisic. Instead we barely know him.
So what is there to know? Pulisic’s right-sided scheming (he hopes one day to inhabit the 10 role and with Eden Hazard expected to leave this summer that desire might come sooner than he thought) first came to prominence in 2016 and initially his impact on the Bundesliga and the international stage largely impressed due to his age. He became the fourth youngest player to score in the German top flight. He became the youngest American to play in a World Cup qualifier.
Soon though his influence grew and surprise at the youngster’s immense influential faded. His work-rate stood out, such a rare commodity from a flair player blessed with a silken feel for the ball. His confidence also astounded, emitting an ease in possession that reassures and especially so because it can be taken for granted he will clamber back should he lose it. This past season his four goals and four assists in nine starts displays fully his importance to Der BVB as too does a quantum leap in XG90 since 2017.
His figures overall meanwhile stagger. This remember is a kid a full year younger than Tammy Abraham. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is three years his senior.
Pulisic is going to light up the Premier League and in seasons to come is destined to make his mark as a household name. He is destined too to soon enough get the fanfare he is deserving of.