Chelsea star nominated for his nation's player of the year, he's only started three times this season

Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has earned himself a vote for the USA Men’s Player of the Year prize.

Pulisic is among six nominees for the grand accolade, the winner of which will be announced sometime this month.

Silverware success

The flying forward has gone through a pretty confusing year with club and country.  

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He ensured victory for his national team in the Concacaf Nations League final by scoring a late penalty against Mexico.

This arrived not long after the 23-year-old secured a Champions League winners medal with Chelsea.

Due to the relentless repetition of international and continental duties, Pulisic did not take part in the Gold Cup tournament – the USA reached the final – in order to recover properly for the domestic campaign.

Poorly Pulisic

Sadly, the rest period clearly did not pay off as intended.

After featuring in the Super Cup showpiece event and facing Crystal Palace on the Premier League’s opening weekend, the attacker had to isolate following a positive covid test.

Then, he suffered an ankle injury that kept him sidelined for nearly two months.

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Due to his long-term absences, Pulisic has started just three times across all competitions for the Blues in 2021/22.

It also caused him to miss three of the USA’s World Cup qualifying games.

Fortunately, one of the fixtures he did feature in was the matchup with Mexico in November.

Coming off the bench with the scores level at 0-0, Pulisic put his side in front and spurred on the Stars and Stripes to all three points.

Hopefully, 2022 will bring fresh health to the boy from Hershey.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.