USMNT general manager Brian McBride said Christian Pulisic has formed a good partnership with Tammy Abraham and praised Frank Lampard on how he has helped the winger.
The 21-year-old had a rough start at Chelsea, as he struggled to get minutes on the pitch in the first couple of months.
When Lampard finally gave him a run of games as a starter, Pulisic repaid the manager’s trust by scoring three goals and providing two assists from five matches in October.
The former Borussia Dortmund man featured in 12 more games in all competitions before he suffered an injury on New Year’s Day at Burnley.
He has been out of the team since, but USMNT boss McBride said Pulisic found his ideal partner at Chelsea before his injury.
He told Chelsea’s Mike’d up podcast: “He seemed to really find a good bond with Tammy [Abraham].
“He was supplying him with good deliveries, and he was able to run off him and link-up well. So, the timing of the injury was very unfortunate, not only for Christian, but for Chelsea too.”
The former Fulham striker also believes Lampard has played a major part in integrating Pulisic in a new environment.
He said: “I think that’s the good thing about having a manager who has played the game at such a high level, because Frank was very patient with Christian at the beginning.”
McBride said that moving to another country and joining a new team in a new league put Pulisic under pressure to deliver, but Lampard understood his winger needed time to adapt.
He added: “It allowed time for Christian to settle in, adapt and integrate into the team. He was then able to understand how both Chelsea and Frank wanted him to play.
“Then when the time was right, Frank really let Christian loose and you could see before the injury he was really sharp, he was quick on his heels and he was hurting opposition defenders.”