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‘Pulisic is too good for Chelsea, he’s being wasted’ – USMNT legend Lalas hails ‘incredible’ talent

10-Jan-2021, 03:08 am

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Christian Pulisic is “too good for this Chelsea team” and “his talents are being wasted” at Stamford Bridge despite the money that has been spent by Frank Lampard, claims Alexi Lalas.

After bursting onto the scene at Borussia Dortmund in Germany, a move to the Premier League was the next logical step for an ambitious 22-year-old.

Injuries have stunted Pulisic’s progress at times in west London, but when fully fit he has shown that he can be an important attacking weapon for Chelsea.

The levels he has reached have not been hit by a number of other big-money recruits, with the Blues still waiting on a spark from the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.

That inconsistency is continuing to hold Lampard’s side back, with sizeable investment failing to deliver the desired results, and Lalas believes Pulisic is deserving of much better.

The former USMNT star has told his State of the Union podcast: “This is Chelsea with all the talent they have and all the money they have spent.

“I’ll say it right now, Christian Pulisic is too good for this Chelsea team.

“His talents are being wasted right now at Chelsea, with this Chelsea team that they have.”

Pulisic took in a delayed start to the 2020-21 campaign due to fitness issues, but he has won his place backand hasshown to Lalas that he can be a talismanic figure for the Blues.

A man with 96 caps for the USA to his name added after seeing hiscountryman catch the eye in a disappointing 3-1 defeat for Chelsea against Manchester City: “I thought Christian Pulisic was incredible.

“I know at times it looked like he was trying to do everything himself by taking on two and three players at a time, his quickness, his one-two touches, all of that kind of stuff.

“If you watch that game against City, a game in which Chelsea got completely destroyed, I’m hard-pressed to find anybody who wouldn't watch that game and single out Christian Pulisic as a bright spot.

“That’s not always the case when Christian Pulisic plays, but in this game I actually appreciated and respected the fact he constantly went searching for the ball. He was constantly doing what he does so well, which is take players on.

“At times it was two, three players, at times ultimately that last guy would nick the ball, but it wasn’t as if he had options up there so you’d say, ‘why’s he trying to do everything himself’ or, ‘he’s doing too much’.

“Here’s the problem. The way we’re talking about this performance from Christian Pulisic is of a player who shines despite the fact that he is not playing with the best players, or is playing against vastly superior opposition and still being able to show.”

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