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Chelsea signed Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window for a fee of £58m, and the young American came to Stamford Bridge with a lot of hype. Many even expected the young winger to be a replacement Chelsea star Eden Hazard who left during the summer to Real Madrid.
However, it hasn’t been the start that Pulisic would have liked as he had missed three straight games for the Blues despite being fit. Pulisic who recently turned 21 was on the bench for the games against Wolves, Valencia and Liverpool and he wasn’t introduced in any of those games.
The US star played the entire game against Grimsby Town in the 7-1 thrashing of the League Two side, and he might just return to the bench once more as Chelsea host Brighton this weekend.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that Pulisic is still young and has a lot to improve on.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Saturday’s clash against Brighton, Lampard said: “I have four wingers to choose from. They’re all fit. We all forget Christian has just turned 21 because of the price tag and because he’s come through from a very young age. It’s normal to expect an adaptation period.
“He’s shown some really good moments, but what he has to do, as all the players have to, not just the wingers, is reach levels in training daily that make you sit up and go ‘here’s my team selection and that’s actually affected it, I have seen good stuff’. That’s the same for every player in the squad.
“We must give Christian a bit of time to adapt because of his youth and the change of league and living. We support him hugely on that and his talent will come through.”
Asked if he is now treating Pulisic as if he had been developed by Chelsea’s academy, Lampard replied: “They are all different, they’ve all got different pathways, he had a successful time at Dortmund.
“He’s played in the Champions League, we were very aware of Christian’s path when we bought him but they are all different.”