Former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe and Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic will come good after a difficult start to life in the English Premier League.
The two have struggled to adapt to the demands of the EPL. Pulisic, however, took some pressure off his shoulders with a hattrick against Burnley on Saturday. Pepe, on the other hand, fired blanks against Crystal Palace.
The two have been under pressure from fans and pundits with many already labeling them as flops. Redknapp has however leaped to their defense. The former England international believes both players will come good with time chiding those who have written them off.
“Frank Lampard knows what he is doing with Pulisic, The American is obviously keen to impress – he cut short his summer holidays so he could get to Chelsea and impress his new boss as soon as possible – but there is no rush,” Jamie opined on the American attacker.
He went on to urge those criticizing the Arsenal man to give him time to settle at the club. He stated that he should not be labeled a flop too soon just because the Gunners coughed a huge sum of money to acquire his services.
‘The same goes for Nicolas Pepe at Arsenal. Yes, the Frenchman cost a club record £72m but can we not give him time before branding him a flop or bad buy? ‘To write the 24-year-old off after a few months is ludicrous and downright unfair. I believe Pepe will come good, and I think Pulisic will, too,” he added.