Good morning, Fear the Wall.
There’s only one news story that matters to BVB fans today:
‘Christian Pulisic to Chelsea’ is Official
Yes, it is with a heavy heart that I must report that Borussia Dortmund’s very own Captain America, Christian Pulisic, will be moving on. By the end of this summer, he will pack his bags and move to Stamford Bridge, where he will play alongside Eden Hazard, César Azpilicueta, and N’golo Kanté with Chelsea F.C.
The final fee is roughly €64,000,000, quite a hefty fee for a player who might not immediately see time in Chelsea’s starting XI. While Pulisic will probably have to compete with Willian and Pedro to get playing time along Chelsea’s right wing, I have no doubt that he can at least compete with them and get some quality minutes in the Premier League.
Of course, I’m sad to see Christian Pulisic move away. He’s been one of BVB’s brightest gems for several years. He’s introduced thousands of U.S. fans to Borussia Dortmund. He’s provided us at least a dozen memorable moments, and helped contribute to our DFB-Pokal run under Thomas Tuchel. Our club will undoubtedly be weaker without him.
Despite all this, I think it’s probably what’s best for all parties involved. Pulisic’s career at BVB had definitely stalled, with him receiving fewer minutes under Lucien Favre, and him being stuck behind Jadon Sancho and Raphael Guerreiro on BVB’s depth chart. It’s always been his dream to play in the Premier League, and while Chelsea don’t exactly have a reputation for youth development, they’re still arguably one of the top four clubs in England.
I wish Christian Pulisic well. Unlike Ousmane Dembélé or Aubameyang, he did nothing to force the move, and maintained his professionalism throughout the transfer saga. This was something that Lukasz Piszczek definitely noticed:
Lukasz Piszczek liking a comment saying "@Dembouz that's how it's done in the right way" under a quote of Pulisic saying "It was important that we handle my situation professionally and fair" is my new favourite thing today. pic.twitter.com/Kjs1wfAuP0— Ꮇ.¹¹ (@ReusSZN) January 2, 2019
Of course, I’m a Tottenham fan, so I won’t exactly be rooting for Christian Pulisic while he’s at Chelsea. At least he didn’t go to Arsenal, or... (shivers) Bayern Munich.
Even though the transfer is official, Christian Pulisic will still spend the rest of the season with Borussia Dortmund, as Chelsea have loaned him back to BVB until the Summer. Dortmund still have a lot of work to do this season, and will need Pulisic to contribute along the way.
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