The American headed straight down the tunnel at full-time (Footage: Twitter / @RRR95x)
Christian Pulisic has been criticised by Chelsea supporters after snubbing the travelling followers following the Blues’ 2-1 defeat in opposition to Southampton on Tuesday evening.
The west Londoners took the lead on the south coast by means of Raheem Sterling however have been pegged again simply 5 minutes later when Romeo Lavia was left unmarked on the sting of the field from a nook, curling an effort previous Edouard Mendy at his close to put up.
In stoppage time of the primary half, Adam Armstrong then fired the hosts forward after a slick transfer and Chelsea struggled to mount a fightback within the second interval with Southampton truly coming closest to including to the scoreline.
Thomas Tuchel introduced an injury-hit squad to St Mary’s for the match, with the absence of a lot of key personnel which means Hakim Ziyech began – regardless that he has been in talks with Ajax over a switch and is taken into account expendable by Chelsea.
Pulisic – who has made no secret of his need for extra sport time – solely made the bench, however was launched after 66 minutes rather than the ineffective Kai Havertz.
The American confirmed a number of flashes of ability down the appropriate flank in his cameo however finally struggled to affect the match from what seemed to be a wing-back place, with Chelsea doing little to check Saints goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu within the closing levels.
After the match, nearly all of Chelsea’s gamers went over to thank the travelling followers for his or her help within the sport, with a number of making apologetic gestures after a second away defeat on the bounce having been humbled 3-0 at Elland Street in opposition to Leeds.
Pulisic performed at proper wing-back as Tuchel tweaked his form (Image: Getty)
However whereas all of the gamers made their strategy to the away finish, Pulisic was seen heading straight down the tunnel as soon as the full-time whistle was blown with out acknowledging Chelsea’s supporters.
That prompted some livid reactions from followers with one saying ‘no less than thank us’ whereas one other wrote: ‘Shameful. He hasn’t performed nicely in two years.’
Loads of supporters really feel Chelsea ought to now give in to Pulisic’s request to go away the membership, with one supporter digging out each america star and Ziyech: ‘Get them out of the membership tomorrow morning on loans and take care of them subsequent summer season!’
Different followers have been extra supportive of Pulisic, nonetheless, and really feel he has not been given sufficient alternatives by Tuchel in his most popular place regardless that different gamers have struggled.
‘Pulisic is clearly not a part of the plans,’ wrote one other fan. ‘He requested to go on mortgage, blocked truthful sufficient, too many outgoings. Two off-the-bench appearances, with 10 males or out of place, and individuals are coming for him anticipating a insanity. Deal with the principle characters of this story in the present day!’
Pulisic had been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Newcastle however Chelsea blocked the 23-year-old from leaving the membership both on mortgage or completely, with the previous Dortmund man now resigned to staying at Stamford Bridge as a squad participant.
For extra tales like this, check our sport page.