Christian Pulisic is definitely leader for USMNT going forward, proclaims Jurgen Klinsmann

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Christian Pulisic is definitely leader for USMNT going forward, proclaims Jurgen Klinsmann

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SportsCafe Desk

04/22/2022

Former USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes that Christian Pulisic is their leader going forward and will play a key role for the US men’s national team in the near future. The former Premier League star also added that Pulisic’s development over the years has been incredible.

Over the years while Christian Pulisic has shown his class and talent for the United States men’s national team, the American has struggled to do that at a club level. Injuries, especially since he signed for Chelsea, and a managerial change has seen the 23-year-old struggle to find form and consistency with his versatility also not helping his statistics. But Pulisic has matured as a player since signing for the Blues, turning into a key option for Thomas Tuchel even if he hasn’t featured consistently.

That has continued on for the USMNT, where he does feature consistently, and the 23-year-old was a key reason that the American side qualified for the 2022 World Cup. So much so, that Jurgen Klinsmann had nothing but praise for Pulisic and admitted that you can see just how much the forward has changed and matured over the years. Not only that, the former Tottenham star believes that the 23-year-old will only keep growing and become even better as the years' progress.

"I think he's done fantastically. Christian, over the years, you could see how he got more and more mature, how he took more and more responsibility onto himself on the field and off the field. He has a lot of character and a lot of personalities. What he went through, starting at 17, is just wonderful. It's wonderful and he's still by far not there yet. 

“He's just able to get better and he will become even more of a leader. The experiences that he has already now under his belt are fantastic: playing in the Champions League at Borussia Dortmund and then moving on to Chelsea and winning it and playing on the highest level week in and week out. 

“The roster there, it's basically two national teams with the 22 players and having that battle every day in training, and then hoping to start on the weekend or maybe coming off the bench with players that are just top-class players.

"I think he went through an outstanding process over the last couple of years and he's definitely the leader figure for the U.S. national team going forward and he was it already over the last two or three years,” he added.

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