Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic has expressed his delight at the recent progress he’s made following a man-of-the-match performance at Burnley.
The 21-year-old American registered a perfect hat-trick as Frank Lampard’s men ran out 4-2 winners at Turf Moor.
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- Christian Pulisic joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund in the summer after signing earlier this year.
- He started in three of the Blues’ opening four Premier League games before sitting out for three consecutive games.
- Lampard started Pulisic in their visit to Burnley with Callum Hudson-Odoi left out.
- Pulisic repaid his manager’s faith with a perfect hat-trick in the 4-2 win, becoming the youngest treble scorer for Chelsea in Premier League history.
- Despite reports of him being unsatisfied at Stamford Bridge, the American forward is content with his progress.
Pulisic’s treble also made him the club’s youngest hat-trick scorer in Premier League history, breaking the record previously set by teammate Tammy Abraham earlier this season at Wolves.
His selection in Lampard’s lineup raised a few eyebrows as his previous start for the Blues came in their 2-2 home draw with Sheffield United back in August.
Since that outing, he had played just 36 minutes of league football in wins over Southampton and Newcastle United before facing Sean Dyche’s side on Saturday.
The former Borussia Dortmund man repaid Lampard’s faith in him by scoring his first three goals for the Londoners and, despite speculation regarding his future based on recent lack of playing time, Pulisic is content with his development.
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“The first two months were definitely hard,” he told Sky Sports.
“I had a few starts early in the season and then I fell out a bit where I was trying to get any minutes that I could, and just make an impact. The last two weeks I was able to show that again, that I was helping the team coming in in the Newcastle game.
“I think they [the Chelsea coaches] saw that and gave me a start today. I didn’t think it was going to happen right away, being a big success. Coming into a big club like this, it takes time.
“I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far and I’m just going to keep going from here.”
Tomori heaps praise
Pulisic was the only new face at Stamford Bridge this summer following Chelsea’s transfer embargo, which FIFA imposed on them for violating rules in relation to youth players.
He’s undoubtedly been welcomed into the fold and his teammates were by his side during those days when he wasn’t being played by manager Lampard.
Following his empathic performance at Turf Moor there was no shortage of praise from those he lined up alongside, including Fikayo Tomori who also enjoyed a strong game.
“I think he has had to bide his time but when he has come in he has done really well,” he said.
“And to score a hat-trick, there’s nothing better and I’m really happy for him.”