After struggling to break through against West Ham’s organized back-line on Saturday, Lampard has hinted at the possibility of playing Christian Pulisic upfront if needed.
Lampard’s last substitution saw Giroud replaced by Callum Hudson-Odoi. This saw Pulisic move into a central role – a position he has not played for the club before.
Despite it not paying dividends on the day, the Chelsea boss believes the American can be effective in a central role. He has scored five goals in eight Premier League starts so far this season. His speed, agility, and ability to run off the last man could cause Premier League defences real issues.
Speaking after the game, the Chelsea boss told Goal.com: ”He’s got an ability to run behind the line and to be sharp in central areas, which will naturally get him more goals but I’m not going to say right now that’s the solution. We’ll see going forward.”
Although his goal record speaks for itself, the slight build of Pulisic will make it difficult for him to hold the ball up and bring others into play. The Chelsea team that has been so effective in recent weeks is used to Abraham upfront, who excels at doing the above.
If Pulisic were to be moved to a central role in the future, it would also give more opportunities for Callum Hudson-Odoi to impress. This would no doubt be seen as a good thing by many fans, but most will be hoping to see Tammy back fit and in the starting line up soon.
The Chelsea manager is expecting an update on Abraham early this week and will be hoping to have him available for Wednesday’s game against Aston Villa.