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Christian Pulisic backed to fill Eden Hazard’s shoes at Chelsea

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Christian Pulisic has the potential inside of him to become Eden Hazard’s successor at Chelsea, says former United States defender Jonathan Spector.

After an impressive three-year spell at Borussia Dortmund, Pulisic will line-up for Chelsea next season upon agreeing to a €64m deal back in January.

The 20-year-old winger then gave Blues supporters a hint of what to expect for next season by leading the USA to the Gold Cup final this summer. Overall, he managed three goals and assists in six games before Mexico halted his run by winning the final itself 1-0 last Sunday.

Therefore, Pulisic will head over to Stamford Bridge and begin preparations for his debut campaign in a Chelsea jersey.

But the young American will likely have to find his A-game sooner than what he, probably, imagined following Hazard’s €100m move to Real Madrid this summer.

While doubtful Pulisic will be able to fill that role right now, Spector is certain his compatriot has everything required to become Hazard’s replacement.

“I don’t think he’s quite at that level just yet and there’s no shame in that, Hazard is a brilliant player! But he definitely has the potential if he continues to grow and improve,” Spector told AmericanGambler.com.

“But with Hazard leaving it gives him an opportunity, as he needs to play games, especially at that age and at that stage of development.

“Being a 20-year-old playing for Chelsea is no small feat, so hopefully, he will get that opportunity and there is no telling how good he could be.”

He added: “At 20 years of age, he’s a very, very good player. Incredibly talented, he’s got a great first touch and he just glides past players.

“From what I’ve seen both in the U.S. and in Germany, he’s a great outlet, so when teams are under pressure you can give him the ball on the wing or in the middle of the pitch and he’s able to get out of trouble.

“He’s very similar to Hazard, but I wouldn’t put him at the same level just yet, and I’m apprehensive to make that comparison as he’s only 20 years of age but he has that ability as a player and if he continues to develop, he’s on the path to becoming the best American player that has ever come through.”

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 30: Christian Pulisic #10 of the United States in action against Curacao during the second half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals match at Lincoln Financial Field on June 30, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)