Christian Pulisic starts after quit rumours and Kai Havertz retains place as Thomas Tuchel goes without recognised striker at Leeds
Christian Pulisic gets his first Premier League start under Thomas Tuchel at Leeds following talk the forward could quit this summer.
Pulisic has been linked with a move away from west London this summer should his situation not change, and the pacy forward would not be short on suitors.
Tuchel addressed the situation in his press conference on Friday, insisting the 22-year-old remains a big part of his plans.
Asked if he would let Pulisic leave in the summer if the former Dortmund star fails to become a regular starter, Tuchel said: “There are a lot of ifs in your question! If he starts tomorrow (against Leeds), if he does brilliantly, and if he starts again against Atletico and if he scores two goals, maybe he is captain next year.
“I don’t know. I know what you mean but this is too far ahead, we have so many games.
“He is in my plans and he is an important player. And he has the potential to be decisive for us from the bench and as a beginner.
“Is it necessary that he can prove it? Yes. This is my job. And his job is to be ready, like everybody else. And when the moment comes you have to be ready.
“This is what you sign up for at a club like Chelsea, there is no difference between Christian and anybody else.”
Kai Havertz retains his place in the starting XI following two assists in the 2-0 victory over Everton on Monday.
The £70million summer signing could be used as a false nine, with no recognised striker in the starting XI.
Leeds: Meslier, Ayling, Struijk, Llorente, Dallas, Alioski, Roberts, Phillips, Harrison, Raphinha, Bamford.
Subs: Casila, Koch, Poveda, Costa, Rodrigo, Berardi, Klich, Shackleton, Jenkins.
Chelsea: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Chilwell, Kante, Jorginho, Mount, Ziyech, Havertz, Pulisic.
Sub: Kepa, Alonso, Werner, Zouma, Kovavic, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, James, Emerson.