'Not my favourite position': Chelsea star says he wasn't keen on how he was used in pre-season

Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic admitted he didn’t overly enjoy being deployed at wing-back during pre-season.

Speaking to the Insider, Pulisic confessed his slight distaste for the role he was asked to perform by Thomas Tuchel during the last two fixtures.

The American international featured as an auxiliary wing-back against both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.

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He started the 2-1 win at Arsenal and then came off the bench at home to Spurs.

On the two occasions, Tuchel installed the 22-year-old on the left in place of or substituted on for Marcos Alonso.

Pulisic picks apart his position

Chelsea and USA fans are accustomed to seeing Pulisic playing further up field in an attacking sense, so this altered job certainly came as a surprise.

It must’ve been even stranger for the player himself, who summarised how he felt toward his new situation within the side.

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“It’s maybe not my favourite position in the world,” said the Blues no.10.

“It’s something that I think I’m capable of doing, something that I know that if I need to help the team with at times, I can.

“I’m always gonna kick in. I want to be on the field playing.

“That’s the main thing for sure. That’s where I want to be.”

Christian contesting at Chelsea

Getting minutes under the belt will be crucial for Pulisic heading into the campaign.

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Last term, he started 25 out of a possible 59 games.

His goal return stood at six, managing a further four assists.

With competition for places ramping up once again, any moment spent on the pitch is crucial.

Out of every area in Chelsea’s line-up, Pulisic arguably has the hardest task of maintaining a regular spot.

Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Mason Mount, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi all have ambitions of being part of the front line.

Which will soon include Romelu Lukaku through the middle, following his move from Inter Milan.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.