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Christian Pulisic has sat out Chelsea’s last two games after a slow start to the season.
Having being omitted for the opening day loss at Manchester United, Pulisic did start each of the next four games but it has been a slow-burn start for the American international.
Former American international Kyle Martino believes Pulisic will need to be intelligent in terms of when he takes players on.
“The physicality of the Premier League will be a learning curve – having to be a bit quicker in getting the ball out from under his feet,” Martino told Sky Sports.
“He will need to be intelligent in terms of when he takes players on. But I have played with Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey and all the best before.
“He has got the qualities to be an incredible asset to Chelsea in between the lines.”
Martino insists Pulisic needs time and he believes he would get that under Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
Martino added: “Players need time but not everyone is given it.
“De Bruyne and Salah did not get time and then they went on to show their brilliance.
“But I think he will get more time than in the past because of the ban and because of Lampard’s trust in youth. He will get his chance soon.
“He won’t need any more time than that… and if he does it’s because it’s not working out.”