The manager of Chelsea football club, Frank Lampard, has noted that Christian Pulisic is still a “work in progress” in terms of maximizing his potential at the London club.
The manager who stated this on Thursday ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League match against Everton on Saturday at 21:00 said he had to find the right way to get the best out of the 22-year-old United States of America left-winger “regularly and consistently”.
Since Christian Pulisic returned to Chelsea from German Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund on June 30, 2019, the American left-winger has found it difficult to remain consistent at the Premier League club. He is known to be constantly out with different degrees of injuries.
Before he joined Chelsea permanently in June 2019, Pulisic signed with the club for €64 million on January 2, 2019, but had to stay back at Borussia Dortmund on loan. Chelsea had to recall him to the Premier League club when the club was slammed with a transfer ban during the 2019 summer transfer window.
Since he started playing for Chelsea at the beginning of the 2019-2020 season, he has shown a couple of brilliance which has attracted the attention of the club’s fans to him. On a good day, Pulisic would show so much brilliance that he could be compared to Eden Hazard at his peak at Chelsea.
However, his reoccurring hamstring and sometimes knee injuries have hindered him from playing to his full potentials at the club.
On Saturday, December 5, 2020, coach Frank Lampard decided to play him against Leeds United in a league match which ended 3-1 in favor of Chelsea. The United States forward ended the match with a hamstring injury.
But Pulisic’s club’s coach revealed that the 22-year-old American soccer star has recovered from the injury and the player has started training ahead of Chelsea’s league match against Everton on December 12.
Frank Lampard said: “Christian Pulisic had a tiny bit of awareness off the back of the Leeds game on one of his hamstrings, but he’s training normally.
“Christian is a work in progress. I don’t want to call this an injury he had in midweek. If the game had been a different type of game then maybe I would have used him.
“We know his abilities, that’s very clear, he showed them when he came on against Leeds last week.
“I just have to find the right way to get the best out of him regularly and consistently.”
So far this season, injuries have limited Christian Pulisic’s Premier League appearances to just 5 in which he scored a goal. Since he came to the club in June 2019, the American soccer star has scored 13 goals and has provided 10 assists in 42 games in all competitions.
Pulisic has less than 4 years left in the five years contract he signed with Chelsea in January 2019. Despite his series of injuries, he is seen as one of the future superstars of the London club.