US coach gives half-term report on Pulisic

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Chelsea fans have seen the highs and lows of Christian Pulisic since he joined the club during the summer, after completing a £58m move in January.

Pulisic has had to prove himself to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to get into the team at the start of the season. Having finally broken into the team at some point this season, the young American has again found himself out of the first eleven in recent weeks.

Pulisic has started 12 Premier League games this year from 21 games, despite staying injury-free and he was recently as an unused substitute against Tottenham and was absent from the squad for the win over Arsenal.

However, his international coach Jurgen Klinsmann has asked for patience with Captain America and insists fans need to remember Pulisic is still just 21.

“I think he’s doing really well,” he told ESPN FC.

“I think he’s growing a lot as a person, you have to think he moved at a young age to Dortmund.

“Yes, his family was with him, but he still had a new country, a new language, a new climate.

“Then, you establish yourself from the under 19s to the under 21s into the national team, he did that in a speed that was mind-blowing.

“Now came the next big move, some that few big players in the world are doing.

“That attention level, that amount of money, [this is] why you move from Dortmund to a club like Chelsea. One of the biggest ten clubs in the world.

“It will take time to establish himself, get to know the fans, his team-mates, the city, all that stuff.

“Now he’s breaking into the team as well, he’s getting his games, he’s getting his minutes, he puts his stamp on the game.

“He’s on the right track, and people unfortunately forget he’s very, very young still. He’s not an old player, so there’s so much more to come.”

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