Christian Pulisic's rise at Chelsea: Lampard isn't surprised

Since he stepped back into the starting lineup at Chelsea in late October, Christian Pulisic has emerged as the most consistent attacker on Blues manager Frank Lampard's young team.

Even in recent weeks when Chelsea has cooled off and he hasn't been scoring, Pulisic has been playing well, and it hasn't been lost on Lampard.

“Really impressed,” Lampard said after Chelsea's 2-1 win over Aston Villa snapped a three-game winless streak. “I think he is playing really well. Since he came into the team at Burnley, got those goals and carried on with his form. He can score more, but we’ve got a player in Christian that is really exciting and when you see this type of player in the modern day and you see their quality. He has got the ability to go on to the extra level, which is the top level of world football. At the minute, he is doing really well and I hope he keeps that up.”

Pulisic has six goals and six assists in 17 appearances in the Premier League, League Cup and Champions League for Chelsea.

After the 1-0 loss to West Ham United on Saturday in which starter Tammy Abraham was unavailable and French World Cup champion Olivier Giroud was ineffective, Lampard was recently asked if the 21-year-old Pulisic was an option at center forward

"We'll see,” the Chelsea manager said. “He's got an ability to run behind the line and to be sharp in central areas, which will naturally get him more goals but I'm not going to say right now that's the solution. We'll see going forward.”

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4 comments about "Christian Pulisic's rise at Chelsea: Lampard isn't surprised".
  1. R2 Dad, December 5, 2019 at 2:56 a.m.

    This all sounds good. Chelsea are in for Sancho this winter and if he lands at SB next June there will be the Dortmund player experience together (Michy/CP/Sancho) as well as the England (Sancho/Tammy/CHO). The weekly competition for minutes will be good for CP, but harder to come by.  

  2. Bob Ashpole, December 5, 2019 at 4:07 p.m.

    Coming from Lampard, that is high praise. I trust CP will keep his feet on the ground and continue to improve. 

  3. Santiago 1314, December 5, 2019 at 9:18 p.m.

    Ho Hummmmm... Glad to see him getting minutes... But, notice how many times his Teammates "Look" for him...(Mostly they play to the side away from him)...He only gets the Ball, on the Random Bounce or when teammates have No other option. Hopefully his Coach and Teammates will get him the Ball, Up Left, where he can Run at People. 

  4. Seth Vieux replied, December 6, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.

    Perhaps you're seeing something I'm not. Chelsea certainly play in more crosses from the right than the left, but that's true of a lot of teams. Haven't checked the stat sheet, but from watching several games I'd guess Pulisic leads Chelsea in successful dribbles on the season (though Reece James has certainly been impressive on that front recently) so not sure they're avoiding him. The massive difference in quality between left and right back at Chelsea is I think a much larger impact on how often Chelsea attack more from the right than left. Starting Azpilicueta at LB against AV says a whole lot about how FL views his two RBs vs his two LBs.

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