If you rewind to the beginning of the season, Christian Pulisic was one individual being tipped by many Chelsea fans to be the talisman among a really talented squad at Stamford Bridge.
He was superb at the back end of the 2019/20 campaign for Chelsea, showing shades of why people had compared him to Eden Hazard.
But an injury-hit season so far has resulted in the Blues attacker being fairly muted.
There have been some standout performers come to the fore since Thomas Tuchel took charge of his first game as Chelsea manager at the end of January.
His record so far is 14 games unbeaten, which includes progression to the FA Cup semi-finals and Champions League quarter-finals.
Pulisic, 22, isn’t someone yet though to really burst into life under Tuchel, who is a manager he previously worked with at Borussia Dortmund.
He is a player that from now until the end of the season has the most to prove, as he’s fallen well short of the levels someone of his ability should be operating at. It’s imperative for him to show he can live up to his potential.
The £158,000-a-week (Spotrac) star has started three games under the German boss since his arrival, scoring zero goals and providing two assists in that time.
He is a winger possessing rapid pace and superb dribbling technique, plus a versatility to play either flank. It seems right now though that Chelsea supporters are watching the USA international at nowhere near his best.
Fortunately, he’s got a few months left of the season to turn things around, and the speedster has shown he can be a real danger in the final third with his creativity when on form.
He’s got the individual ability to ghost past defenders like they are not there, and there is definitely a spot available for him to force his way into the XI.
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