How Chelsea can extract the best out of Christian Pulisic
According to a report by Fox Sports Asia, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has insisted that summer arrival Christian Pulisic is still a part of the big picture, adding that the USMNT international needs to be protected at Stamford Bridge.
Pulisic has struggled for game time this season but he recently played for the club in their match against Newcastle United. The youngster, who joined for a fee of £58m, rose to the occasion and played a key role in the Blues’ win.
Barring that game, however, Pulisic made six appearances before that and played only 311 minutes.
Pulisic made his competitive debut for the Blues in the UEFA Super Cup. Even though they lost the game against Liverpool on penalties, Pulisic set up Oliver Giroud to put Chelsea in the lead.
The USA star also showed his potential during his four seasons at Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. His performances were on a constant rise during his time in Germany.
Although he scored just two goals in nine league appearances at BVB in his first season, the 21-year-old rose to be a regular starter in his second term with the club. He scored three goals and provided six assists in 29 league appearances in the 2016/17 campaign. He also made 10 appearances in the Champions League, scoring and assisting once that season.
Pulisic scored four goals and assisted five times in his 32 league appearances the next season. In fact, he was in his top form with four goals and four assists in just 20 appearances during his last campaign in the Bundesliga.
Pulisic was slowly starting to fade away, seemingly struggling to match the standards of the English top-flight but now, he must strive to improve slowly.
Some players take time to adapt to the pace and frenetic nature of the Premier League. For example, Fabinho was eased into the Liverpool team upon joining from Monaco just over a year ago.
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Now, the Brazilian midfielder is one of Liverpool’s most important players. It’s possible that Pulisic will flourish over time in a similar way. After all, the former Dortmund star has just turned 21 and maybe in a year, the youngster will prove his doubters wrong.