While having two backups for Lucas Torreira was always going to be too many, this January transfer rumors had revolved around Sofyan Amrabat leaving Florence. With notable interest from Spurs and plenty of other Serie A clubs, it seemed destined that the Moroccan would be leaving rather than Erick Pulgar.
Alas, this is not the case, as in a slightly surprising move Pulgar has gone and signed with Galatasaray in Turkey on a six-month dry loan. There he’ll have the opportunity to play every match as Gala look to pull themselves away from the relegation battle in the Turkish Süperlig. And yes, I’m as surprised as you that Gala is currently 15th in a league that isn’t all that strong.
While Erick’s lack of athleticism was always going to be a hindrance in Vincenzo Italiano’s high-pressing system, I’m still surprised that he’s not sticking around until the end of the season. While Amrabat has the lungs required to deputize Torreira, he’s still not cool enough on the ball and as strong in the tackle as Erick.
When considering this move occurred in a transfer window that prioritized the long-term health of the club over immediate results, it makes more sense. Pulgar is now 28 and his contract expires in June of 2023, which means that this summer is the one to sell. Thus, moving him to Gala has a better chance of increasing his value than sitting on the bench in Florence would. And if he wants to play, I don’t blame him. Chile still has a chance to reach next winter’s world cup, and Erick will want to be in top shape for the last two legs of the eliminatorias next month.
While Pulgar hasn’t been a great success in Florence, he’s still one of the best moves Daniele Pradè made before Burdisso. He was one of our best midfielders in 2019-20 as well as being very good down the stretch last season. All we can say now is good luck, Erick, and thanks for your time with the Viola.