Chelsea to hand Willian’s iconic No.10 shirt to Christian Pulisic
Frank Lampard is set to reward Christian Pulisic for a fine
maiden campaign at Chelsea by handing him the No.10 shirt
following Willian’s summer exit to Arsenal .
The Brazilian had only inherited the jersey from Eden Hazard
a year ago when the Belgian moved to Real Madrid for a
club-record fee, though he opted to leave Stamford Bridge at
the end of his contract and moved to north London on a free
That has created a vacancy for the iconic No.10 shirt, which
has also been worn by the likes of Joe Cole and Mark
Hughes in addition to Willian and Hazard.
Now, according to The Athletic , Pulisic will become the latest
player to take on the No.10 mantle, with the American
having delivered some superb performances in his first
season with Chelsea to earn the honour.
The decision will be a blow for Callum Hudson-Odoi, though,
who has always sought the shirt number – and even goes by
‘Calteck10’ on social media – and was offered the No.10
jersey by Bayern Munich when the German club were
pushing to sign him.
Pulisic spent last season wearing the No.22 shirt, which will
now be handed to summer arrival Hakim Ziyech – and he
was already spotted in it during Chelsea’s friendly against
The Moroccan wore the No.22 during his first season at Ajax
and switched back to it two years ago when Dusan Tadic
was handed the No.10 shirt.
Fellow new recruit Timo Werner, meanwhile, wore the No.11
during the friendly against Brighton and is expected to keep
the shirt for the new season, with the jersey having become
free after Pedro left the club at the end of his contract.
The No.11 was most famously worn by Didier Drogba during
his time at Chelsea, while Oscar, Damien Duff, Boudewijn
Zenden and Dennis Wise have all also worn it in the Premier
Kai Havertz, meanwhile, has worn the No.29 throughout his
career – and again has it as part of his social media handles
– and is believed to have requested