Jamie Carragher urges ‘inconsistent’ £54m Chelsea star to leave – ‘his time has come and gone’

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Christian Pulisic should “100 per cent” look to leave Chelsea.

Pulisic joined the Blues in 2019 after the Premier League club paid £54million to buy him from Borussia Dortmund.

It is fair to say he has failed to live up to his price tag.

The American winger has 26 goals and 21 assists in 128 matches for Chelsea and played 24 minutes when his side beat Manchester City in the Champions League final last year.

Often struggling for consistent minutes in the starting XI under Thomas Tuchel, Pulisic has been handed a fresh start under Graham Potter.

The former Brighton head coach always looks to rotate his squad, which will benefit Pulisic, although he still is not an undisputed starter.

With his place in the starting XI far from secure, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher thinks the 24-year-old should seek pastures new.

Carragher referenced Timo Werner, who was in a similar situation to Pulisic and opted to leave the club in the summer, re-joining RB Leipzig.

“One hundred per cent,” Carragher told CBS Sports when asked if Pulisic should consider departing Chelsea like Werner. “A lot of footballers are different.

“I do scratch my head when I see certain players at clubs for a long time and they never really get into the team.

“And that’s why I think Thierry [Henry] is saying he respects Timo Werner. Rather than just sitting on the bench another year or two he’s gone back to somewhere where he’s going to play week in, week out.

“And I just think Pulisic is sort of at that stage now where there’s been a few managerial changes.

“It looks like he’s getting more of a chance with Potter, but not just him, I think Graham Potter is a manager who changes it every game so everyone is getting a chance.

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“So he may feel like he’s getting more of an opportunity to prove to the manager he can be in that recognised 11.

“But he’s been there a few years now, it hasn’t quite happened for him for whatever reason, and maybe Dortmund is a level down from Chelsea, who are a team who are trying to win the Champions League – we know Pulisic was part of that win.

“But eventually you have to make that decision. I don’t think you can continue to be in that position that he’s been in for the last two or three years.”

Pulisic scored eight goals across 38 matches in all competitions last season, although he was frequently named on the bench under the stewardship of Tuchel.

And in 13 appearances this term, the former Dortmund youngster has only started three times, including against RB Salzburg on Tuesday.

“I’ve never questioned Pulisic’s actual ability, some of the things I’ve seen him do, some of the goals I’ve seen him score,” Carragher added.

“But it’s consistency and injuries. He’ll get a run in the team then get injured and it gives someone else an opportunity.

“He never seems to get a run in the team and I think it will be difficult for him [under Potter].

“Maybe his time has come and gone. But we’re in the early stages of Graham Potter so who knows. Fingers crossed he can.”

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