Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has heaped praise on the performance of Christian Pulisic following the club’s 3-2 Premier League defeat at West Ham United. The USA international struggled with a nagging adductor problem at the beginning of the year and there were doubts whether he could take any part for the rest of the season.
However, the untimely coronavirus break has helped him recovery from the injury concern and he has been in fine season since the restart with man of the match displays in three successive league games. Pulisic managed to find the back of the net in the wins over Aston Villa and Manchester City and he carried the form over to the London stadium in midweek.
Though the Blues were on the losing end of the derby, he was able to win the penalty for the opening goal before winning the free-kick which directly contributed to the club’s second goal on the night. Speaking after the game, Lampard was undoubtedly pleased with the efforts of the attacker, who is finally finding his feet in the Premier League.
He told: “It is a big positive. He is playing well, as we can all see. I thought him and Willian as wingers, who gets his two goals, but with Christian I think we all saw it during the season when he had a patch running up to and around Christmas, when he was playing towards this kind of level as well. Then he got injured and he’s been out for a long time. It is nice to see him back fresh and hungry and playing with the qualities he has. He’s going to get better. He’s a young player with great talent.”
Pulisic has amassed eight goals and six assists from 27 appearances for the Blues. The west London side are currently just two points ahead of both Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers for the final Champions League spot and they can’t afford to drop any more points. They are scheduled to host Watford at Stamford Bridge this weekend.