- Christian Pulisic scores second Bundesliga goal in 3-0 success at Stuttgart.
- 17-year-old provides plenty of hope for BVB's future.
- Stuttgart right-back Florian Klein struggles to cope with young American on Saturday.
Thomas Tuchel's first season as Borussia Dortmund head coach has been a resounding success. The icing on the cake as the 2015/16 campaign draws to the close, however, has been the emergence of Christian Pulisic, the American youngster already establishing himself as a cornerstone for the club's future.
At just 17 years and 219 days old, the rising star is producing performances belying his age, impressing once again in the 3-0 win over VfB Stuttgart as he etched his name into the Bundesliga history books for a second straight weekend.
One for the record books
With the exception of the first quarter of an hour, Stuttgart rarely caused Dortmund problems on Matchday 31, but even during the opening exchanges it was clear to see that Florian Klein was in for a long afternoon. Pulisic's nimble footwork and movement off the ball had the beating of the Austrian, with Dortmund opting to play through the youngster with increasing regularity as the game wore on.
Agile, robust and willing to put in the extra yards, the American capped off a fine performance by scoring Dortmund's second, making him the youngest player in Bundesliga history to register two career goals. "Christian is a super lad with exceptional quality. We're hoping that he can keep this going," Matthias Ginter told bundesliga.com after the game.
Best is yet to come
When discussing Pulisic it is impossible not to mention the word 'talent'. However, while team-mates and the media sing his praises, the Pennsylvania native has remained humble throughout his meteoric rise and was even critical of his own performance in Stuttgart when talking to club TV station, BVBtotal!. What is clear, though, is that Tuchel, renowned for cultivating youngsters with great potential, has great faith in the 17-year-old.
With his game-time increasing every weekend, Pulisic is seizing the opportunity being afforded to him with great success. Following in some illustrious footsteps, and with his development currently on an upward trajectory reminiscent of Nuri Sahin and Mario Götze before him, the greatest compliment that can be paid to the American is that he has not looked out of place in BVB's star-studded line-up.
On a promising path
The club's current total of 74 points from 31 games would have Dortmund top of the Bundesliga table in 49 of the previous 52 seasons, but being the first phase of Tuchel’s time at the helm, most impressive is how the former Mainz coach has made such an immediate impact. Julian Weigl and now Pulisic look to be part of a solid foundation that could breed long-term success even in the case of any summer departures.
"We've always managed to find a solution," said club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke following the win over Stuttgart, while Ginter underlined that Dortmund "have a deep squad who are 100 per cent fresh and fit". It goes without question that this has been a fantastic season for Die Schwarz-Gelben, who have, at times, produced flawless football and now have more reason than ever to have high hopes for what the future holds.