'He's pushing': Graham Potter suggests that 24-year-old Chelsea player is getting closer to starting
Graham Potter suggests Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic is getting closer to starting more games.
The arrival of Potter last month as the new head coach has been a blessing for some at Stamford Bridge, but there are others in the Blues squad still trying to find their feet under him.
Pulisic has featured in just half of Potter’s opening six Chelsea games, starting only one of them.
The 24-year-old attacker slipped down the pecking order towards the end of Thomas Tuchel’s reign in charge, so it must be frustrating to see his lack of minutes continue during the past month.
Pulisic closer to starting
Potter has given a very upbeat assessment of Pulisic, though, before Chelsea’s trip to Brentford on Wednesday night in the Premier League.
He claims the American winger has been “fantastic” around the club despite his lack of game time, with indications that he is pushing for the starting line-up.
“What I would say with Christian is he’s been fantastic around the place, really good with his teammates and contributed against Wolves. He’s pushing for a place and things change quickly in football, so he needs to be ready to play and that’s what he’s doing,” Potter said.
Pulisic started and scored against Wolverhampton Wanderers recently, which is why it’s a slight surprise he’s been an unused substitute in the following two games against AC Milan and Aston Villa.
The speedster desperately needs more minutes to try build up some momentum in his game, especially with a World Cup quickly around the corner.
He can play this hybrid role under Potter where he turns from a wing-back into a winger in-game depending on possession.
However, the lack of opportunities right now can’t help but make you worry.
Calcio Meracto recently claimed Pulisic is a player that AC Milan may be interested in signing.