Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists that summer addition Christian Pulisic is still a member of the big project at Chelsea, adding that the USMNT international needs to be defended at Stamford Bridge.
American winger was the only new player at Chelsea in the summer transfer window after the club was knocked with a two-window transfer ban, although Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic returned on a permanent agreement from Real Madrid.
He’s made seven games across all competitions but so far hasn’t made a big enough impression, although after approving Pulisic won’t leave Chelsea on loan in the winter transfer window, Lampard stressed that the winger is still a member of his long-term strategy at the club.
“With Christian, huge credit to him for coming through at Dortmund at a young age, but then it brings other difficulties where sometimes you’re out of the team,” Lampard said, quoted by The Daily Mail.
“You come to Chelsea, and it’s a similar situation. The demands are huge. The interest from outside is huge, and he’s a young boy. I have no problem. I see the big picture with Christian, and I see it with all the young players.”
However the likes of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have thrived under Lampard, Chelsea’s new boss appears to be looking to defend the 21-year-old from too much criticism.
But recognising Pulisic already has over 150 senior games under his area for country and club, Lampard also called on the former German giants lead to continue surprising in training to get his opportunity.
“With Christian, he’s come to us in a big move, let’s make no mistake about it, and then he’s just turned 21 recently, and we’ve got a competitive squad here,” he added.
“I said it before the last game, I always have a problem who to pick and people make my decisions in training or how they’re playing, and at the minute with winning four on the bounce I need the edge of staying in the team and keep performing, and everyone is the same.
“With Christian coming here, we have to protect him for that fact because he’s young.
“Christian, as with every player in the squad, needs to work hard in training, keep improving in training, see the direction we’re going, be a part of it, and show what you can do on match day, and all the players are the same there.”