In one of the stories of the transfer window so far, Chelsea announced that Christian Pulisic will join the club for a whopping £58m from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.
Pulisic won’t be the first American to ply his trade on this side of the pond, with the Premier League being fortunate enough to have welcomed some excellent American talent over the years.
Here we take a look at some of the Premier League records held by American players some of which the 20-year-old will have his eyes on breaking.
7. Most Premier League Tackles – Geoff Cameron
Considering the amount of time Geoff Cameron spent in the Premier League compared to some of his countrymen, 426 tackles in 168 matches is a fine return.
Granted, he was playing for Stoke City, where not tackling is, well, not allowed, but often deployed in a variety of positions around the back four or even as a holding midfielder, he was always going to get stuck in.
It seems unlikely that Pulisic will overtake Cameron in this area considering his position, but you never now.
6. Most Consecutive Premier League Starts – Brad Friedel
An undoubted Premier League legend, Brad Friedel boasts a career spanning nearly two decades across four clubs in English football. The shot-stopper originally signed for Liverpool before turning out for Blackburn, Aston Villa and finally Tottenham.
From his spells at Blackburn and Villa he played in a monumental 167 consecutive Premier League matches, breaking the record against Fulham in a 0-0 stalemate in 2008.
Pulisic still has plenty of time to achieve such a feat at the age of 20, but it will be a tall order.
5. Most Yellow Cards – Carlos Bocanegra
Another ex-Fulham player, Carlos Bocanegra became synonymous with the expression ‘leave a bit in’ and grew a reputation as a man never to shy out from a tackle or two, no matter how unlikely he was to win it.
With 115 appearances for Fulham in the Premier League, he ended up with 22 yellow cards, meaning he averaged a yellow card every 5.2 matches.
He also holds the record for the most red cards in the Premier League by an American. However, that is sightly unfair as Jozy Altidore, Brad Freidel, Geoff Cameron, Tim Howard, Claudio Reyna and DeAndre Yedlin all share that accolade, with one red card apiece.
4. Most Premier League Goals – Clint Dempsey
Texan Clint Dempsey became somewhat of a cult figure during his time at Fulham. In his five years at the Cottage he made 225 appearances for the club, after joining from the New England Revolution in 2007.
His aggressive style of play, dogged attitude yet superb technical ability earned him a move across London to join Tottenham. He only spent one season at Spurs before returning to the USA, but his seven Premier League goals took his total top-flight tally to 57.
As someone who operated both as a striker and also out wide like Pulisic, there’s certainly an opportunity for a new record holder to emerge at Chelsea.
3. Most Premier League Appearances – Brad Friedel
Here he is again.
Not much more can be said about the tremendous career Brad Friedel had in England. Not only a magnificent goalkeeper, but also a well spoken man off the pitch, he played until the age of 44 before retiring with his last club Tottenham.
During his playing days he accrued 450 Premier League appearances, leaving him ranked 23rd in the list of all time Premier League appearances.
Good luck Christian.
2. Most Premier League Passes – Tim Howard
Loved by Evertonians and lauded by fellow fans, Tim Howard would have featured on this list more had it not been for Brad Friedel.
He played 51 fewer matches than Friedel but still holds the record as the American with the most passes in the division at 6,687, the majority of which came at Everton. Having also previously played for Manchester United, he now plays and captains Colorado Rapids in the MLS.
At a team that like to get the ball down and play, Pulisic could very well see plenty of the ball and complete any number of passes under Sarri at Chelsea. One reckons there will probably be far fewer long balls than Howard played, mind.
1. Worst Goals to Games Ratio – Jozy Altidore
Now this feat excludes goalkeepers and defenders, as it wouldn’t have been fair, so with that said Jozy Altidore takes the mantle while also going down as one of the Premier League’s biggest flops.
He initially joined Hull on loan in the 2009/10 season where he inspired them to a 19th place finish with his return of one goal in 28 matches. Needless to say he left England and ended up scoring 51 goals in two seasons as AZ Alkmaar, prompting Sunderland to fork out £6m for him in 2013.
He spent two years at the Stadium of Light making 42 appearances for the club and scoring, yes, one goal. It brought his total Premier League tally to 2 goals in 70 matches.
Pulisic could probably better Altidore’s total in one match.
Source : 90MIN