Chelsea player backed to become most important player over the next ten years

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Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has backed American international Christian Pulisic to become the club’s most important player over the next ten years.

The 21 year old winger impressed in his first season at the club, scoring 11 goals and providing 10 assists.

Nevin told Chelsea’s official website: “There were moments when Christian Pulisic looked like he might run away with the Player of the Year trophy.

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“At times he was looking like our most potent scorer as well as creator.

“Chelsea fans will soon tire of comparing him with Eden Hazard, which is unfair on him, but they also know that for raw talent, match intelligence and searing pace as well as an eye for goal, at 21 years old he could be one of the most important players for this club over the next five to 10 years.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has confirmed Pulisic will miss the start of next season.

Pulisic suffered a hamstring injury in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.

Lampard said: “When Christian reflects on the first season, from where he has gone in the start he should be very happy.

“We’ll get him fit and ready. If he misses the first one or two games, we’ll hopefully have him after that.”

Lampard added: “Six weeks, I think so. We have to treat the injury right.”

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