Former USA national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has claimed that youngster Christian Pulisic must become ‘Nasty’ in order to force his way into a starting position.
The ex-spurs forward has described the American winger as a ‘very special player’ when speaking to ESPN and has encouraged Pulisic to TELL the coach [Frank Lampard] “I’m in, I’m going to start this game”
This comes after Christian Pulisic admitted he was growing ‘very frustrated’ at his lack of game time this season, and claimed that Frank Lampard had not specifically told him what to do to become a starter. The 21-year-old has been an unused substitute in 4 out of the last 5 matches, only featuring in the Carabao Cup against Grimsby.
His former national team coach Klinsmann is confident that he will become a first team player at Chelsea, stating: “can he do it? Yes, absolutely he can do it. But you need to be patient too because sometimes you forget he’s a very young player” and went on to say that in order to reach a starting position he has to “get the elbows out” and become “more nasty” in order to fight his way through the system.
Pulisic did feature on the opening day of the season against Manchester United but failed to make an impact, however he later put in an impressive performance against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup where he set up Giroud for the opening goal and was unfortunate to have a goal for himself ruled out harshly by VAR.
Frank Lampard has backed Pulisic to come good at Chelsea but has made it clear that he needs to prove himself against the likes of veterans Willian and Pedro.
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Written by Dan Barker | @danbarkzr