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Christian Pulisic has struggled for game time at Chelsea under Frank Lampard.
He has not started a Premier League game since August.
Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton believes Lampard would not have signed Christian Pulisic now if it was his decision.
“Well I think [Pulisic] has to prove himself,” Sutton said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“Frank Lampard has no agenda against him, he’s picking the best possible team to win games of football.
“That’s his job, he wasn’t Frank’s signing of course.
“[They’ve got Callum] Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount coming to the fore, he’s going to have a major issue getting into the starting line-up.
“I really do think that, I don’t see a way in for him at the moment. £58m, a lot of money to spend.
“It would be interesting to ask Frank now would he sign him at this moment in time if they hadn’t signed him before? The answer to that I think is pretty obvious – he wouldn’t.
“But there’s a reason Chelsea spent the money on him, he’s still a young man and he’s obviously got enormous talent – you have to go out and show it.
“But it’s good for Frank in terms of strength in depth.”