United States head coach Gregg Berhalter has had his say on Christian Pulisic’s first season at Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old has been unfortunate this season with multiple injuries this season.
Recently, Pulisic said he has recovered from “freak” abductor injury which was worse than initially expected.
But it has forced him to miss games since the Premier League clash against Brighton on New Year’s Day.
And the USMNT manager Berhalter confirmed how serious the injury was.
He told Chelsea’s Mike’d Up podcast, Berhalter said: “When you go into the injury period he had, it’s unfortunate because he was in such good form.
“The next part of it was him dealing with a serious injury. He was in a lot of pain.
“It was a difficult injury to come back from quickly although I know the fans wanted him back.”
Berhalter expected Pulisic would need some time to adapt at Chelsea and the Premier League.
He added: “The Premier League is an extremely fast and physical league, and we knew time would be needed for him to get up to speed.”
The former Columbus Crew manager said he has seen an improvement in Pulisic since joining Chelsea.
He said: “The thing he’s really improved on that I’ve seen this year is his finishing ability,’ stated the 46-year-old.
“He’s done a great job of that, and it’s something the high-level players, when you look at the top players in the world, they’re able to score a big number of goals because they have that finishing quality.”
Pulisic has scored five goals from 16 appearances in the Premier League this season.
It has been his best goal-scoring record (in the league) as he never managed to score more than four goals a season at Borussia Dortmund.