Frank Lampard: Chelsea needs Christian Pulisic and Michy Batshuayi

In his first Premier League appearance for Chelsea in five weeks, Christian Pulisic came off the bench late in the Blues' game at Southampton and set up Michy Batshuayi for the final goal in a 4-1 win.

Pulisic played a lovely ball into space for Batshuayi to run on to it and slip it past Southampton keeper Angus Gunn in the 89th minute. The win gave Chelsea four wins in the last two weeks and a total of 15 goals in the four games.

Manager Frank Lampard has been adamant that he can't play all his young players. They include Tammy Abraham (22), Fikayo Tomori (21) and Mason Mount, who have been called up for England's Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, along with Ross Barkley.

“One of my problems in this job is that I have good players and ­everyone has their story," Lampard said before the game. "Christian has a price-tag, Ross Barkley is an international player, so too is Mason Mount.

Callum Hudson-Odoi has just signed a new ­contract, Bayern ­Munich wanted to buy him, he is an international player. Ruben Loftus-Cheek will come back and be an international player… and I can’t pick them all in the game, ­unfortunately.

“All I have to demand of them is that they show me in training or show me in the game, when they get the chances to play, that they are worthy of their place."

After the win over Southampton, Lampard said Chelsea's depth will be criticial for its congested schedule.

"We need all of the players," he said. "You need the contribution of Michy coming on and getting his goal. He’s been training really well. Christian coming on with a great assist for the goal. Those players, absolutely we need them as the games come thick and fast."
20 comments about "Frank Lampard: Chelsea needs Christian Pulisic and Michy Batshuayi".
  1. R2 Dad, October 7, 2019 at 3:19 a.m.

    I like this combination of CP and MB around the 18. They played together at BVB and his runs show that understanding. There seems to be a difference in timing in how/when the balls cross the 6 in England vs Germany that takes some adjustment. And it gives Chelsea a different look and way to play vs Mount/Willian et al.

  2. frank schoon, October 7, 2019 at 7:18 a.m.

    Lampard's statement saying he has lots of young players and enumerates certain characteristics applying to them like some are "internationals" but in Pulisic's case "he has a price tag" is a description that does not sound very encouraging. "He has price tag", says a lot more about what Lampard thinks of Pulisic and what Lampard's problem with Pulisic...

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, October 7, 2019 at 12:45 p.m.

    That is how I read it too. The "internationals" comment also illustrates another problem. Lampard meant English national team players when he said internationals. Lampard is going to play English players ahead of Pulisic regardless of how well Pulisic does.

  4. Seth Vieux replied, October 7, 2019 at 4:08 p.m.

    Agree with both of you there. Lampard clearly signaling some type of pressure from the club to play their most expensive signing, and also making clear what many already suspect, that CP is unlikely to unseat an English player unless there is a significant advantage to playing him over them. Tall order for Pulisic.

  5. frank schoon replied, October 8, 2019 at 8:33 a.m.

    Bob , no coach in his right mind is going to front his English internationals over Pulisic unless he thinks they are better than Pulisic. Your are not going to sacrifice your team's ability by not allowing a better player to play only becuase the other player are English internationals....FL is judged on what he does with Chelsea not with what the English NT does....

  6. Bob Ashpole replied, October 9, 2019 at 2:57 p.m.

    Frank, what I am suggesting is an explanation for a coach's bias in comparing players. Subjective opinions are very susceptible to bias.

  7. Nick Gabris, October 7, 2019 at 10:34 a.m.

    Agree FS! That quote "he has a price tag" can be insinuated in many ways. CP is also an "International" dont forget that FL! What I read into that quote is that, FL might be jealous of CP price tag, comparing his own price tag for when he was playing and skills he had versus CP ability. To FL it is not fair, so he takes it out on CP. Just a thought!

  8. frank schoon replied, October 7, 2019 at 11:21 a.m.

    Nick , I don't know if you want to go the "jealousy" route, after all, Pele was worth 6million and FL was worth more when he was bought......
    FL career is over and he's now coach, his main thrust is to make a winning team.  I think the problem is that he doesn't need CP since he didn't buy him but he's stuck with CP. All I got to say is that anyone whoever decided to buy CP was worth 70million needs to have his head examined....

  9. Nick Gabris, October 7, 2019 at 11:43 a.m.

    Possibly! but it is such a shame to waste such talent on whatever his reason is. His whole statements on CP just sound like a bunch of BS. I hope CP tries to get to another team in  January that will at least play him, since that is the only way he will improve.


  10. frank schoon replied, October 7, 2019 at 11:51 a.m.

    Nick, he's a talent to us when you compare him to our American players but in Europe he's just another player.  There is a lot of young talent but you can be a talent for only so long before you become as good player and that is iffy. This is something we still have to wait for. I was not impressed with CP in the Mexico friendly...

  11. Christopher Tierney replied, October 7, 2019 at 12:31 p.m.

    Frank...CP is along the lines of Mount in Europe.  He is not just another player.  Mount is considered one of the better MF prospects in England. CP needs to remain patient as injuries are, no doubt, coming..and therefore opportunities.  He need to seize the opportunities when they come.  

  12. frank schoon replied, October 7, 2019 at 12:48 p.m.

    Christopher, You and I look and judge talent differently. I'm not happy he's playing in England for he's not going to learn the finer parts of the game. He should have tried going to Spain, although I don't know if there were ever any interesteds in him from that corner.... I find it ashame that his later soccer experience Germany, England are not known for technical finesse type of game but more hustle and run....

  13. beautiful game, October 7, 2019 at 11:57 a.m.

    CP finds himself in the same predicament that encountered Giuseppe Roosi at Man U when the squad had too many stars. Don't know if CP et al did their due diligence about Chelsea. IMHO, CP should have migrated to La Liga where he would have found plenty of playing time. 

  14. Christopher Tierney replied, October 7, 2019 at 12:32 p.m.

    Plenty of time to migrate if need be....his stats are pretty good when he plays.  He'll have many options if the time comes.

  15. frank schoon replied, October 7, 2019 at 1 p.m.

    Christopher, If he was chose to play in Germany or England  later in his career when he's learned to finer elements of soccer first...but what he's doing is in reverse. It is like  technique which is learned in the first stage not in later stage of development for that is too difficult to learn besides your body is basically set in its way by the time your 18. This applies to CP as well, learn the finer elements at the early part of your pro-career not a later stage which is so difficult almost non-existent...

  16. J C, October 7, 2019 at 4 p.m.

    I don't think the "price tag" comment means a thing. He was likely asked something to the effect of "Chelsea has spent a ton of money to get Christian Pulisic. When are you going to play him?" And so his response mentioned the price tag. This is how the British press drums up stories that aren't stories. It's all in the phrasing of the question asked. This happens all the time (see the headlines of Pulisic saying he was "hurt" not to be playing, which again was the result of a leading question).

    Nothing to see here.

  17. frank schoon replied, October 7, 2019 at 4:56 p.m.

    You're very optimistic in your prognosis but this is an ongoing occurrence in soccer whereby a coach is saddled with a player that he didn't buy or need perhaps. You will see this often in Europe . I do find it interesting that upon describing his players,all of them except CP he mentions the price tag. I've have never heard a coach discuss or describe a playere in  monetary terms instead of abilities.
     I'm not naive to believe  there haven't been any discussions between the owners and FL about CP's  price tag and the lack of playing time. Realize to the owners it is a monetary investment....
    There is a situation currently with a dutch Team Feyenoord who bought a  South American ,who ,likewise millions were paid, isn't playing. There is pressure for him to play for of the millions spend.

  18. Bob Ashpole replied, October 7, 2019 at 8:31 p.m.

    Pressure which the coach will resent and won't help the player.

  19. Michael Saunders, October 8, 2019 at 3:52 p.m.

    Frank .... Could not agree with you more.  The comment spoke volumes about Lampard's attitude.

  20. Michael Saunders, October 8, 2019 at 3:52 p.m.

    Frank .... Could not agree with you more.  The comment spoke volumes about Lampard's attitude.

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