Rewind back to the start of the 2019/2020 Premier League season where Chelsea faced Manchester United in what ended up being a 4-0 drubbing. This was 21-year-old Christian Pulisic’s first Premier League debut game, in a match where Chelsea deserved more from the game, but the blues came up against a Man United side which took their chances better on the day. Many questions were asked of Frank Lampard, and would Pulisic be the player to fill the void that Eden Hazard left at Chelsea?
Pulisic was a highly-rated young prospect at German outfit Borussia Dortmund where he signed for the club aged just 16 making his Bundesliga debut at 17-years-old in January 2017. Pulisic would go on to have four successful seasons at the club before going on to break the transfer fee of an American player signing for Chelsea at £57.6 million pounds. There have been previous cases of players finding it hard at first to adjust to the intensity and pace of the Premier League, with even Hazard at first needing to get past the first season nerves to really shine. However, from what Pulisic has done on the pitch this season there are definitely promising signs of just how much the young American wants to leave his mark at Chelsea football club.
Donning the number 22, in 24 appearances for Chelsea this season Pulisic has managed to register nine goals and four assists, and since the Premier League resumed, he’s arguably looked like Chelsea’s brightest spark on the field. It’s the young Americans ability to take on players twisting and turning as he does so which bears comparison to a certain Eden Hazard. There have been several examples of Pulisic going on a tearing run committing defenders to draw a foul in a dangerous area, which can sometimes lead to a penalty, again not to keep drawing comparisons but this is very hazard-esque. One of these matches occurred recently where the American came off the bench and showed his talent in what was a thrilling yet disappointing result for Chelsea last Wednesday in a 5-3 defeat to champions Liverpool. Pulisic’s appearance sparked the team back to life in the second-half as in his 40 minute cameo, he scored a sublime goal and provided a routine assist for Tammy Abraham to tuck away.
Lampard would have been cautious to not worsen Pulisic’s injury knock which is why he hasn’t been a regular starter as of late. However, it is clear for all Chelsea fans to see what a player they have. With the recent signings of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner, this boosts Chelsea’s attack which will only help Christian Pulisic’s development. It is clear though just how vital a role Pulisic will play at this club, and we are only just seeing the start of what could be a successful career under Frank Lampard.