'Great to have': Ross Barkley says his 23-year-old Chelsea teammate is a 'wizard' after Malmo game last night

Ross Barkley shared his delight on social media after Chelsea teammate Christian Pulisic marked his return from injury last night.

Pulisic, 23, made his first Blues appearance since mid-August by coming on as a late substitute in Chelsea’s victory against Malmo in the Champions League group stages.

Thomas Tuchel’s side earned three points with a 1-0 away win in Europe.

Hakim Ziyech was the match-winner in Sweden with his second-half goal, finishing simply from a Callum Hudson-Odoi cross.

Barkley, who was also used as a substitute yesterday, sent a message to Pulisic on his comeback from injury.

“Great to have this wizard back on the pitch,” Barkley wrote

Pulisic return huge boost for Chelsea

It was brilliant for everyone to see Pulisic back on the pitch for Chelsea this week. 

The American attacker gives this team great speed, trickery and directness when he’s on his A-game. 

He should be given time to rediscover his best touch, especially because he’s someone that has had numerous injury problems during his Stamford Bridge career so far.

There is no doubt he’s another great option for Tuchel because of his willingness to get in behind opposition defences. 

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Attacking spots very much up for grabs

Despite Pulisic’s long injury lay-off, Chelsea’s forward positions are still up for grabs. 

The injury absences of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner has opened the door in the last few weeks, but it still feels like the manager hasn’t settled on his preferred line-up.

Callum Hudson-Odoi’s performances deserve a special mention. Rio Ferdinand was really impressed with him against Malmo. Meanwhile, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech are starting to chip in with goals despite still searching for best form.

Pulisic should feel be belongs in the best Chelsea XI when on form.

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