Jamie Carragher says Timo Werner’s return to form since moving back to RB Leipzig should serve as an example to Christian Pulisic and feels the player should be looking to leave Chelsea.
Werner netted his fifth goal of the campaign in the Champions League on Tuesday as Leipzig inflicted a first defeat of the season on Real Madrid, winning 3-2.
Earlier in the evening, Pulisic had lined up at right wingback as Chelsea secured a 2-1 win over RB Salzburg – a result which sees the west London side progress to the last 16 as group winners.
Three years after moving to Chelsea, Pulisic is still yet to establish himself in his preferred role and has only netted once in 13 games this campaign, with Carragher adamant that he needs to follow Werner’s lead and drop down to a less competitive team.
Asked on CBS Sports if Pulisic should look at Werner and consider a transfer move to a ‘smaller’ club, Carragher said: ‘One hundred per cent.
‘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.
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‘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.
‘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.’
Asked if Pulisic can turn things around under Potter, Carragher added: ‘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.
‘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 [long] 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.’