Christian Pulisic will have Chelsea pressure against Grimsby
Chelsea host Grimsby Town on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup and it looks like the perfect opportunity for manager Frank Lampard to make plenty of changes.
The Blues will want to have a decent crack at all competitions they enter, but should have more than enough quality in their squad to get past League Two opponents Grimsby at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham were stunned by League Two Colchester United on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup, but every other top-flight side avoided an upset last night.
There are several Blues players that need the minutes, especially exciting attacker Christian Pulisic.
Chelsea forked out £58million (BBC) to bring Pulisic to West London from Borussia Dortmund and so far this season he’s yet to set the world alight.
The 21-year-old attacker has been an unused substitute in the last three games across all competitions, which suggests he has work to do to win over Lampard.
He is a skilful winger blessed with great pace and also trickery, but has found himself stuck behind the likes of Willian, Mason Mount and Pedro in the pecking order.
With Callum Hudson-Odoi edging closer to a return, it means that the competition in the wide areas will only crank up.
It would make sense for Pulisic to get a chance to play in midweek against Grimsby and he’s certainly under pressure to impress if he does play.
The USA international definitely needs time to adjust to the Premier League and it’s far too early to write him off, but he needs to start impressing Lampard if he wants regular minutes this campaign.
Pulisic should be able to torment League Two opposition if he’s on his A-game and a first goal for Chelsea would surely boost his confidence massively.
But a quiet outing against Grimsby would be the worst case scenario and show he’s a long way down the pecking order.