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Chelsea January signing Christian Pulisic has failed to find his feet at Chelsea since moving from Borussia Dortmund to join the Blues during the summer.
Since his £57m move to Stamford Bridge, a lot has been expected from the young American, but he has failed to live up to the expectations and has now lost his place in the Chelsea first eleven.
Pulisic has failed to start a Chelsea league game since August and now finds himself 4th choice on the flanks behind the in-form Willian, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Pedro.
Before the international break, Pulisic admitted that he was facing too much pressure at Chelsea as he told the Players’ Tribune: “It makes you feel really good at the beginning to be honest, you feel great, you see all these things, people talking about you on social media; ‘wow this kid is great, he’s special, he’s playing, he’s scoring goals at 17 or 18 years old for his national team, he’s playing for Dortmund in Europe.
“You feel really great and then it’s more just pressure you feel like all the stuff is kind of hitting you, and you start being expected to do all of these things.
“This generation can be tough, for young players especially, having people talk about you, having constant pressure on your back.
“Especially as Americans, we haven’t had a lot of top international talents throughout our years. If you’re not able to tune it out then it can be a weight on your shoulders.”
It could indeed be proof of pressure after Pulisic was left in tears following his substitution in United State’s 2-0 loss to Canada.
Pulisic was clearly frustrated by the decision to take him off while the score was 0-0 and he was captured appearing to say “I’m fine”; as he argued with USA head coach Gregg Berhalter after the match.
Moments after the heated exchange, Pulisic looked to be in tears as he held his head in his hands.
Pulisic is the star of the American team and was keen again to show just how good he can be while on international duty, but the substitution left him worse off.