Following his first Premier League
appearance for Chelsea since August, Christian Pulisic said he will continue to work to earn the trust of his manager, Frank Lampard, and more playing time.
“I did the best I could with the minutes I got," he said. "I tried to help the team as best I could. Today, I guess I’m happy but I’m going to keep working harder, and I’m never going to stop to try to get more minutes.
“I’m not just going to throw a fit and give up ever, so if I’m on the bench it doesn’t mean the gaffer doesn’t think I’m a part of the team, I’ve just got to keep pushing and earn my spot.
Pulisic came on in the 79th minute and assisted on Michy Batshuayi's goal to complete a 4-1 win over Southampton.
“That’s my job [to get assists]," he said. "I’m in an attacking role and I’m going to do the best I can, to try to get goals and assists. I think that’s been good so far, so I just want to continue to work hard.
“I want to be starting, I want to be starting every game. I’m working hard in training, I want to be there, I hope everyone can see that, so with moments like this I hope I can make a case for myself. [Lampard] likes players who work very hard and show a lot in training and I just have to continue to do that, do my best in training and try to earn my position.”
The $73 million transfer fee Chelsea paid Borussia Dortmund for Pulisic has added to the media scrutiny of the 21-year-old American.
“This number doesn’t mean anything to me," he said. "Obviously, I go out and try to give my best every time I’m on the pitch. I’m not sure what the price tag means to you, but I just have to keep trying to perform at my best for myself and for the team.
“The outside opinions don’t matter as much to me as to what’s in the team and myself and the people who care about me. So I’m just going to keep working and do my best and not worry about it.”