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Chelsea boss Lampard explains how his trademark trait can help Pulisic “rack up” goals

By Mohamed Moallim

Pulisic Watford goal

Published: 17:15, 3 November 2019

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard believes Christian Pulisic will “rack up the goals” if he continues making late runs into the penalty area.

The 21-year-old American forward made a second consecutive Premier League start for the Blues at Watford and once again repaid his manager’s faith with a goal.

Pulisic’s story so far: Five key things to know…

  • Christian Pulisic joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund for a reported £58m.
  • He signed in January 2018 before joining his new teammates in the summer.
  • Pulisic initially struggled to hold down a regular starting berth under Lampard.
  • He made his third Premier League start at Burnley, scoring a perfect hat-trick.
  • Following Pulisic’s latest strike at Watford, Lampard believes the goals will continue to flow if he keeps making late runs.

A week prior, Pulisic registered a perfect hat-trick, which happened to be his first three goals since joining from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, as the west London side ran out 4-2 winners at Turf Moor.

Pulisic, who was the club’s only arrival heading into the 2019/20 season due to a transfer embargo, has struggled to become a mainstay under Lampard, starting in two of their opening nine league outings.

A struggle for playing time subsequently led to reports of a swift departure in the near future, but Pulisic dismissed those murmurings, instead feeling he was not only making progress but a place in the starting lineup wasn’t far away.

His fourth league goal in two games was roundly praised by Lampard, who himself made it a habit of arriving late into the penalty area to finish off an opportunity, and the Blues all-time leading goalscorer feels if Pulisic keeps this up, then he’ll be just as prolific.

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“It’s great to see Christian scoring a goal from four yards out,” he said.

“I love to see that because he could have decided not to go the extra mile and then that ball flashes across the face but nobody gets on the end of it.

“If he continues doing that sort of thing then the goals will rack up because there are a lot of goals to get in the six-yard box.

“I thought his general performance was top as well.”