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Christian Pulisic reached a new low as he failed to make the bench for Chelsea in the 2-1 win over Lille in the Champions League game on Wednesday night.
The 21-year-old signing who joined Chelsea in a £58m deal from Borussia Dortmund has failed to impress the Chelsea manager and has featured just once in Chelsea’s last five games – which was the Carabao Cup third round clash against Grimsby Town.
Pulisic has found himself behind Willian, Mason Mount, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Lampard has revealed what he expects from his wingers.
Willian was the match winner at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, and Lampard hailed his performance and insists his attacking players ‘must be on edge’ as they fight for a place in his side.
“He’s been really important. He’s a top player, I want to see him happy and have a smile on his face,” Lampard told Chelsea TV when asked about Willian’s contribution against Lille.
“His work ethic has been brilliant.
“He can take people out with his speed and trickery, and he can score goals for us.
“And that’s a lovely balance for the younger players.
“We have to have really strong competition in wide areas and attacking areas. ‘It must be like that, it must be on edge, and I’ve got a few different options in that area.
“But Willian gives us experience and he’s shown in the last two games with goals on top of great work ethic and quality.”
Pulisic will need to up his work rate if he must find a way into Frank Lampard’s team, and the American must do it now, with competition for places becoming intense.