Thomas Tuchel said he considers Christian Pulisic an impact player from the bench and admitted the winger’s lack of playing time is his “responsibility”.
So far, the 22-year-old has made eight appearances in all competitions under the new manager but made just one start in the 1-0 FA Cup win over Barnsley lat month.
Pulisic amassed just 108 minutes of Premier League action (Whoscored) since Tuchel’s arrival.
Based on Tuchel’s comment, having worked with Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund might have not been an advantage after all for Pulisic.
“Maybe his problem is that I know from [when I was at Dortmund] how strong he is from the bench,” Tuchel said in his post-match press conference (via HaytersTV).
“I think he only started in the cup games — and yeah, [that is] my responsibility, my fault.
“It is a bit unfair because I know what an impact he can have in 20-30 minutes.
“He was a bit unlucky in the last games.
“So there is no lack of trust, [not because] a lack of quality, [he just needs] to be a bit patient.”
With just three attacking roles, including striker, available in Tuchel’s 3-4-3, Pulisic faces more competition than he was under Frank Lampard.
This time, he does not only compete with fellow wingers, but also attacking midfielders such as Mason Mount and Kai Havertz.
Unfortunately for Pulisic, the likes of Mount, Timo Werner and even Callum Hudson-Odoi have performed really well while he has struggled to make a case for himself from the bench.