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Chelsea completed the signing of Christian Pulisic in January, and the American international has joined the squad for pre-season ahead of his first year in English football.
Chelsea spent £57.6m to sign Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in January before allowing him to see out the season in Germany.
Chelsea’s attacking options have been significantly reduced following the departure of Eden Hazard and also injuries to the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. But former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop believes Pulisic won’t be given a starting spot too early.
“I think if he finishes this season having played the last ten games, establishing himself as a first-team regular, I’d take that all day,” he said.
“I don’t think he’ll start that way, but he could end in the team.”
However, Pulisic has shown that he’s eager to impress and settle in quickly with the team by returning early for pre-season.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had revealed that he was impressed with Pulisic for cutting short his holiday and arriving for pre-season so early.
Lampard said: “It is how I would have been [coming back from holiday early].
It is a huge move for him to a big club and he is a top young player who will only go one way.
“It was important we start the season as well as we can. I know we have injuries but we will need him. I have not met him, I have spoken to him, but it is a good impression.”