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‘Dangerous’ Christian Pulisic backed to fill Eden Hazard void

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Tony Cascarino believes Christian Pulisic can develop into a player of Eden Hazard’s calibre at Chelsea and compared him to Arjen Robben.

After a 32-minute cameo in last weekend’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, Pulisic made his full Chelsea debut during Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup loss to Liverpool.

The 20-year-old, in fact, got off to a dream start by setting-up Olivier Giroud’s opening goal. He managed to drift inside the Liverpool defence and then provide the Frenchman with a perfect pass.

Pulisic later thought he had put Chelsea two goals up by scoring a Hazard-esque goal. He picked up Emerson’s through ball and left two Liverpool defenders behind to fire the ball past Adrian in the 39th-minute.

However, the match officials ruled it out for offside with Blues coach Frank Lampard later substituting him for Maso Mount.

Without Pulisic, Chelsea ended up drawing 2-2 before losing 5-4 on penalties to Liverpool.

Nevertheless, the United States international’s impressive performance earned him many plaudits. It’s only fueled Cascarino’s belief that he will fill the void left by Hazard following his Real Madrid exit.

“Christian Pulisic looks like he will be a very dangerous player for Chelsea,” the ex-Blues striker told The Times.

“Jurgen Klopp had been interested in the young forward and you could tell he was wary of his threat as he changed his defence to counter him, selecting Joe Gomez at right-back instead of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

“Gomez is a better defender than his team-mate but it still wasn’t enough to stop the United States international at times.

“I don’t remember a young Eden Hazard being as quick and direct and there’s no reason Pulisic can’t develop into a player of Hazard’s standing.

“Pulisic reminds me of Arjen Robben, you cannot stop him one-on-one because you don’t know which way he’s going to go and his pace is devastating.

“He will be a massive asset for Frank Lampard this season.”

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – AUGUST 14: Match referee, Stephanie Frappart disallows the goal scored by Christian Pulisic of Chelsea during the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)