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Chelsea star Christian Pulisic expected he’d be a key player for Chelsea this season after the Blues spent a mammoth £58m to sign him from Borussia Dortmund in January, but he only joined the Blues this summer.
The 21-year-old was kept on the bench in the Premier League victory over Brighton, and the 21-year-old doesn’t seem to have the trust of his manager.
Pulisic was an unused sub, as Lampard opted to introduce Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mateo Kovacic and Michy Batshuayi as his second-half subs. This is now the fourth time in five games that Pulisic hasn’t been utilised by Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
The American has now admitted that he’s frustrated at his lack of opportunities.
“Yeah, of course, it is very frustrating,” Pulisic told Pro Soccer Talk.
“But I will continue to work my hardest because I want to play.”
The US star played the entire game against Grimsby Town in the 7-1 thrashing of the League Two side, but Lampard confirmed before the game against Brighton that Pulisic might yet be on the bench against the Seagulls.
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.”