Pulisic to Chelsea: Why Sarri brought in USMNT star

first_imgPaying £58 million (€64m/$73m) for a player who has made just one Bundesliga start over the past three months might seem like a remarkable decision, but that is exactly what Chelsea have done by splashing the cash on Borussia Dortmund attacker Christian Pulisic.The 20-year-old had long been linked with a transfer to Stamford Bridge and BVB announced on Wednesday that he will join Chelsea at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, spending the remainder of this season on loan at the Bundesliga leaders as they challenge for both the German title and Champions League glory.Initially, Dortmund demanded £70 million ($89m) for Pulisic, but Chelsea eventually successfully drove down the asking price, with the winger’s contract in Germany due to expire in June 2020. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? On top of his contract situation, there is also the fact that the USMNT international is no longer a key protagonist in BVB’s renaissance, though, as Pulisic slipped down the pecking order due to the fantastic form of teenage sensation Jadon Sancho.Pulisic had been struggling to get Bundesliga starts at Dortmund in recent months amid the ongoing uncertainty over his long-term future at the club and a move to Chelsea appears to make sense for everybody involved.Certainly, with Eden Hazard once again flirting with a move to Real Madrid, and both Pedro and Willian now in their thirties, the Blues could do with adding an exciting young winger to their squad.After all, this is a club that does not offer more than one-year extensions to players over 30 and then there’s the issue of Callum Hudson-Odoi appearing keen on a move to Bayern Munich.Pulisic is not the only player Chelsea have considered signing to rejuvenate their ageing attack – Lyon attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, Barcelona bad boy Ousmane Dembele and Everton’s versatile forward Richarlison have all been scouted – but the USMNT star was the most viable target.Christian Pulisic USA PSAs for Pulisic himself, he has always dreamed of a move to the Premier League.Speaking ahead of his country’s November friendly against England at Wembley, he stated, “England and the Premier League, it is a league where lots of kids dream of playing, so there is no reason why maybe one day I won’t play here.”Certainly, he should have little trouble settling in, particularly at Stamford Bridge.As an attacker schooled at Signal Iduna Park – initially under Thomas Tuchel and now Lucien Favre – he should have little trouble understanding what Blues boss Maurizio Sarri demands from his wingers.The Italian is a fan of small, skilful forwards who press the ball intelligently – Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne both excelled under Sarri’s guidance at Napoli – meaning he would fit seamlessly into the Chelsea line-up.Christian Pulisic Premier League PSSarri takes huge pride in his ability to improve his players and that should help this transfer work as Pulisic aims to make a name for himself in the Premier League next season.Pulisic is still young but he will be charged with improving his end product, having only netted three times in 20 games for club and country this term.His talent is there for all to see, though, and given his age, it’s easy to understand why both Sarri and Chelsea were keen on the American attacker and eventually opted to meet Dortmund’s demands.last_img read more

Urban Meyer’s New Ohio State Job Title Revealed

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer clapping before an Ohio State football game.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 14: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Urban Meyer is sticking around Columbus after he finishes up as head coach of Ohio State football with the upcoming Pro Bowl.Details of his new role have been coming little by little.On Thursday, it was revealed that Meyer would be teaching a class on “character and leadership” at Ohio State. As you’d imagine, considering what has gone down with Meyer this year with the Zach Smith situation, it has drawn serious derision.He will also have a role in the athletic department, and not just helping out his football program.Urban Meyer will be an assistant athletic director, and Gene Smith has started to outline what he’ll be doing for the Buckeyes’ AD.From The Plain Dealer:Smith told cleveland.com that Meyer will hold the title of assistant athletic director, though he’s not yet sure of the specifics. He also explained how he might handle things if he feels Meyer is hanging around football in a way that could make life more difficult on new head coach Ryan Day.While his official duties are being nailed down, Smith says that he will be aiding in coach development and fundraising roles:Smith said Meyer will work to develop Ohio State’s other coaches. There are 68 assistant coaches across 36 sports, and they all want to be head coaches. While running the football program, Meyer oversaw a de facto head coach finishing school that was praised by Tom Herman, Chris Ash and Luke Fickell as they went to run their own teams. So Meyer can now spread that to other sports.Smith said Meyer will help in raising money. He’ll do speaking engagements on behalf of the athletic program. He’ll spend time with the athletic department’s leadership institute. Meyer said this week he’ll teach a leadership class.Those definitely seem like logical things for Meyer to be doing while he’s still at Ohio State. Smith also made sure to note that Meyer would not be micromanaging his successor, Ryan Day.Time will tell if it is a long term plan for Meyer, or if he will eventually return to coaching, as many suspect.[The Plain Dealer]last_img read more