Wow fans will be shocked! £58 million star ‘told he has Chelsea problem’ after making move
Former Blues striker Chris Sutton has warned Christian Pulisic that he has a big problem at Chelsea.
There has been a lot of transfer speculation in the media over the past few days which has suggested that Pulisic may seek a loan move away from the club during the January transfer window if his game time does not improve under the guidance of Lampard.
The 21-year-old has struggled to nail down a place at Chelsea, despite being tipped to be the ideal Eden Hazard replacement, and has already vented his frustrations at being dropped from the Chelsea starting line-up over the past few weeks.
But Pulisic returned to Lampard’s squad for the visit to Southampton at the weekend and helped the Blues pick up a very comfortable 4-1 victory over the saints, and after the American grabbed an assist off the bench against Southampton, Lampard told the winger he needs to work hard to get back into the sideLampard told the winger he needs to work hard to get back into the sideLampard told the winger he needs to work hard to get back into the side.
Sutton says Pulisic can still revive his Chelsea career and prove his worth to Lampard but insists the 21-year-old faces an uphill battle to cement a place in the starting XI at the Bridge.
‘Pulisic has to prove himself,’ Sutton told Radio 5 LiveRadio 5 LiveRadio 5 Live. ‘Frank Lampard has no agenda against him, he’s picking the best possible team to win games of football, that’s his job.
‘He wasn’t Frank’s signing, of course. ‘With Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount coming to the fore, he’s going to have a major problem getting into the starting line-up. I really do think that. ‘I don’t see a way in for him at the moment. It’s a lot of money to spend and it would be interesting to ask Frank now if he would sign him at this moment in time if he hadn’t signed him before?
‘The answer to that, I think, is pretty obvious – he wouldn’t. But, there’s a reason Chelsea spent the money on him, he’s still a young man and got enormous talent, he has to go out and show it.
‘It’s good for Frank in terms of strength in depth.’ Pulisic admits he was ‘hurt’ to be snubbed by Lampard earlier in the season but says he will ‘keep working harder’ in order to win the Chelsea manager around.
Pulisic has admitted that he was hurt by the decision by Lampard to drop him, he has told Chelsea that he will work harder in order to get more game time, telling the club website: ‘That’s my job. I’m in an attacking role and I’m going to do the best I can, to try to get goals and assists,’ said Pulisic.
‘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.
‘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.
‘I did the best I could with the minutes I got. I tried to help the team as best I could. I guess I’m happy but I’m going to keep working harder, and I’m never going to stop trying to get more minutes.
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‘Of course, you want to play, be on the field and be in the team as much as you can, and it hurts not to be there, but I’m happy I got my opportunity. Competition in the team can only make me better and I think that’s what makes teams, it’s guys who are maybe not the second or third man, but they are pushing each other in training every single day. That’s what a good team is all about.
‘[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. Culture-wise, it’s been easier than Germany to be honest. From the football side, I guess you could say that [I am still adapting].’
He needs to be patient, he needs to work hard and he needs TO EARN HIS PLACE in the side, it cannot be handed to him just because he was such a superstar over in the Bundesliga.
He will get his chance in the side, and just like the weekend, he needs to prove that he is worth the hassle.
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