Frank Lampard says Christian Pulisic needs to impress in training to secure a regular starting spot in the Chelsea FC team.
The United States international linked up with the Blues squad in the summer after Chelsea FC agreed a reported £58m deal with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund back in January.
Pulisic had established himself as one of the most exciting young talents in the Bundesliga during his stint at Dortmund to earn a big-money move to Chelsea FC.
Maurizio Sarri was in charge of Chelsea FC when the deal was completed at the start of the year but Blues legend Lampard took over the reins from the Italian back in July.
Pulisic started three of Chelsea FC’s opening six games in the Premier League and the American midfielder was an unused substitute in a 1-0 loss to Spanish side Valencia in the Champions League at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea FC’s home clash against Brighton on Saturday afternoon, Lampard explained what he needs to see from Pulisic for the United States international for him to earn a regular starting spot.
“I’ve got four wingers to choose from, now they are all fit,” Lampard told his pre-match news conference.
“Christian, I think we all forget, has just turned 21, because of the price tag, because he came through at a very young age.
“It’s very normal to expect there to be an adaptation period and that’s what he’s in.
“He’s showed some really good moments in pre-season, some good moments at the start of the season.
“But what he has to do, as all the players not just the wingers, is reach levels in training daily when there’s competition in the squad that make you sit up and go, ‘here’s my team selection and that’s actually affected it by seeing good stuff.”
Chelsea FC will return to Champions League action with a trip to Ligue 1 side Lille in their next group-stage fixture on Wednesday night.
The Blues finished in third spot in the Premier League table last term.
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