American forward Christian Pulisic is already considering his future at Chelsea, less than three months after joining them permanently.
The £58 million striker was signed from Borussia Dortmund in a deal agreed in January before Chelsea’s transfer ban came into effect, but spent the second part of last season with the Bundesliga club.
However, after a promising start with the Blues which saw him provide an assist in the European Super Cup defeat to Liverpool, and start three out of the team’s first four Premier League fixtures, he has not featured in the league since August.
Manager Frank Lampard has made it clear that competition for places at Stamford Bridge is intense and that Pulisic needs to work harder in training if he is to work his way back into first-team contention saying “One of my problems in this job is that I have good players and everyone has their story – Christian has a price-tag, Ross Barkley is an international player, so too is Mason Mount.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has just signed a new contract, Bayern Munich wanted to buy him, he is an international player, Ruben Loftus-Cheek will come back and be an international player… and I can’t pick them all in the game, unfortunately.
“All I have to demand of them is that they show me in training or show me in the game, when they get the chances to play, that they are worthy of their place.”
Pulisic wants to stay and fight for his place, but is prepared to re-consider his options if he feels he is not being given a reasonable chance to prove himself. However, he did his cause no harm on Sunday when introduced from the bench against Southampton, setting up Michy Batshuayi for Chelsea’s fourth goal.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.