JAMIE REDKNAPP: Christian Pulisic emerging as Chelsea’s talisman in post-Eden Hazard era

JAMIE REDKNAPP: Matteo Guendouzi is hardly the first to trash talk and Todd Cantwell deserves to stay in the Premier League… plus find out who made my team of the week

  • Christian Pulisic has had a wonderful debut season at Chelsea despite injuries 
  • Pulisic could become Chelsea’s new star with Willian and Pedro set to depart
  • Matteo Guendouzi has let himself down but he shouldn’t be slaughtered by fans
  • Todd Cantwell impressed against Man United and will have top-flight admirers 

Speaking to Frank Lampard the other day, we found ourselves discussing Christian Pulisic. For a first season in the Premier League, and considering the injury he had, the 21-year-old has been outstanding.

Remember that ‘perfect’ hat-trick against Burnley?

With Willian and Pedro leaving, and this being the post-Eden Hazard era, he has a chance to excel. Lampard wants his wide men to contribute goals and assists, and he’s delivering for Chelsea. 

Christian Pulisic could be Chelsea’s new talisman after another impressive display at Leicester

Guendouzi isn’t a saint but shouldn’t be slaughtered

Matteo Guendouzi did not make the Arsenal squad again yesterday, but I refuse to hammer the 21-year-old for his trash talking against Brighton.

He apparently brought up money with Neal Maupay. It’s crass, it’s unkind, but it happens. It’s happened since day dot in football and it will always happen.

I’ve made comments, too. ‘Who are you? Turn around and show me your name because I’ve not got a clue who you are.’

It’s all said in the heat of the moment. A player says something he later regrets.

So to slaughter Guendouzi for sledging, to borrow the cricket term, is unfair.

He is not the first to do it, he won’t be the last. I’d rather focus on his performances. If you want to act like a big player, play like one. Let’s hope being dropped by Mikel Arteta comes as a reality check and he learns from it.

Matteo Guendouzi was out of character in Brighton fracas and must learn from his mistakes

Matteo Guendouzi was out of character in Brighton fracas and must learn from his mistakes

Todd Cantwell deserves to stay in Premier League

If Norwich fall out of the Premier League, as is looking increasingly likely, Todd Cantwell would not be short of suitors.

Maybe he’s not ready for a top-six team, but this 22-year-old has something about him and should stay in the top flight.

He is one of a few commodities Norwich have on their hands, along with Emi Buendia, 23, and Max Aarons, 20.

Todd Cantwell shone against Manchester United and deserves to stay in the Premier League

Todd Cantwell shone against Manchester United and deserves to stay in the Premier League

 My Team of the Weekend