A lot of attention has been fixed on how Chelsea’s new signing Christian Pulisic settles to life at Stamford Bridge, with the results fairly mixed so far this season.
The Blues paid £58million (BBC) for the attacker back in January, but he remained with German club Borussia Dortmund for the remainder of the 2018/19 campaign before his switch to England.
He’s now linked up with Frank Lampard’s squad and featured in the club’s opening three fixtures.
The winger wasn’t given much of a chance to impress when he came off the bench in the opening day defeat to Manchester United, so fans didn’t learn too much from him in that.
Pulisic did give supporters a lot of encouragement with his performance in the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool though, where he looked a major attacking threat and also chalked up his first assist for the club.
The USA international started at the weekend in the 1-1 league draw with Leicester City, where in fairness he didn’t enjoy the best of matches.
He showed some small glimpses of his pace and dribbling, but was fairly sloppy in possession and it will be one to swiftly remember.
Pulisic has shown enough during the early stages of his Blues career to offer encouragement, as he’s a direct winger that looks a genuine goal threat and aged 20 should only keep improving.
But he needs patience from supporters and it’s unlikely he can perform to an elite standard on a weekly basis, so rotation with the likes of Willian, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi will become key in the wide areas.
Pulisic saw last season disrupted by several injuries and a Dortmund shirt, so he need time adjusting to playing more football and he’s a work in progress worth the investment.