Christian Pulisic has revealed the lack of playing time he has been restricted to at Chelsea this season is starting to frustrate him.
The 21-year-old has 13 goals in 32 caps for the USMNT but has found chances at club level increasing scarce after arriving in west London.
Why is Pulisic not playing? Five things to know…
- Pulisic is one of Gregg Berhalter’s most important players for the USMNT.
- At club level, he was displaced by Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund last season.
- Since arriving at Chelsea in the summer he has only started three Premier League games.
- Pulisic admits he’s “frustrated” after once again being an unused sub in the win over Brighton.
- Lampard is adamant the midfielder will get his chance in the future.
Pulisic initially broke through at Borussia Dortmund but saw his place in the side come under threat from Jadon Sancho and was thought to be coming into Chelsea as a direct replacement for Eden Hazard.
But he hasn’t featured in the Premier League since Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United at the end of August – his only club outing during that time was in their 7-1 League Cup win over Grimsby Town last week – and finds himself behind the likes of Willian, Pedro, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi in the pecking order.
And although he is determined to keep working hard to earn his place in the starting XI, Pulisic has acknowledged that the lack of playing time is starting to get to him.
“It is very frustrating, but I will continue to work my hardest because I want to play,” Pulisic said.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has previously stated that Pulisic’s time in the starting XI will come and that he’s simply going through a period of adaptation to English football.
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When asked if Lampard has given him any specific instruction for improvement, Pulisic responded: “Not so much. I just have to keep working and I have to prove myself in training and try to get back in the line up.”
The Blues’ 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday lifts them to joint-fourth in the Premier League table with a trip to Lille in the Champions League and an away tie at Southampton up next.