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Christian Pulisic scored a hat-trick on Saturday evening to help Chelsea beat Burnley 4-2 at the Turf Moor.
The game was Pulisic’s first Premier League start since the end of August where he started in the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United. Pulisic’s below par performance has kept him out of the first team for almost two months.
However, the American has worked his way into the team and followed up match changing performances against Newcastle and Ajax with a superb performance against Burnley where he bagged a hat-trick.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has revealed that Pulisic has forced Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to change his mind following his recent performances.
“He has done [played himself into the team],” Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
“It’s the enthusiasm, desire to win the ball back and this is something he’s realised, he’s almost played like ‘I need to show something today’.
“He finds himself in an unusual position for a player that’s playing wide on the left but look what he does here, he goes and chases the ball, he forces [Matt] Lowton into the mistake, then he’s one on one with [James] Tarkowski.
“He does a stepover, it’s an unconventional one because normally you take it with your left foot once you’ve stepped over with your right.
“He keeps it alive and it’s a really good finish, he’s actually really strong and keeps it alive with a good finish.
“What a night for him so far.
“He owes a depth of gratitude to Willian [for the second goal], Willian does ever so well, just intercepts that ball there and then you can see they pounce.
“Chelsea have then got runners from midfield, Tammy Abraham makes a good run, Pulisic with the confidence that he’s got gets it onto his favoured right foot, gets a slice of luck obviously with the deflection, but I just love what he does, that’s what you want to see, you want to see a player picking the ball up and running with it, and he’s got the confidence now.”