Christian Pulisic's 'talents will lend themselves very well to the way Chelsea play football' - Tim Howard
United States goalkeeper Tim Howard has tabbed Christian Pulisic for success following the 20-year-old's much-publicized €64 million ($73 million) transfer to Premier League giants Chelsea earlier this week.
"It is a massive club, but he's played for a massive club already," said Howard when asked about Pulisic's move during an exclusive interview with ESPN FC.
"Dortmund is no slouch, and he went there under Jurgen Klopp and he's grown up there and learned a lot of his trade in the Bundesliga. He's played a big part for the U.S. national team, so as much as the price tag is massive, which it is, he's ready to perform."
Pulisic, who first broke into the senior team at Dortmund in January 2016, will finish out the remainder of this season on loan with the Black and Yellows, who currently hold a six-point lead atop the Bundesliga.
While there has been much media discussion about Chelsea's history with young players and whether or not the move is best for Pulisic, Howard is confident the American can handle the demands of the Premier League.
"The Premier League presents its own trials and tribulations, it's a rough-and-tumble league, it's up and down, but he's shown to be pretty strong even though he's not the biggest guy in the world," the United States' most-capped goalkeeper said.
"I think his talents will lend themselves very well to the way Chelsea play football."
Howard also spoke highly about new U.S. No. 1 goalkeeper Zack Steffen, who will join Premier League champions Manchester City in July.
"I think he has the physical tools, he's shown that, he's still very young, and he's growing and only going to get better.
"When you go over to Europe, and we all dream of doing that and playing in the Premier League and all that, but you have to be careful what you wish for because there are some dark days. Myself and Kasey [Keller] and Brad [Friedel] and Brad [Guzan] all lived those and we came out the other side better for it.
"The question for him will be can he handle the mental side of that. From all accounts, and from people around him that I know, he's in a really good place and he's ready to tackle the challenge."
Steffen will be part of new U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter's first training camp, which opens Sunday, while Pulisic will remain in Germany with title hopefuls Dortmund, who return to action Jan. 19 at RB Leipzig.