Christian Pulisic believes he has proven himself at Chelsea and being awarded the number 10 shirt was a seal of approval from everyone at the club.
The 22-year-old’s career at Stamford Bridge has been quite complicated.
He would go on to be Chelsea players for a period before his progress came to a halt with an injury.
His fine form post lock down last season pretty much illustrates how important he could be for Chelsea — but then he hurt his hamstring during the FA Cup in August.
Chelsea clearly haven’t lost their confidence in Pulisic’s ability, as shown with the decision to give him the number 10 shirt following Willian’s departure in the summer.
“When you come into a new club, a new coach, you always have to prove yourself,” Pulisic told GQ.
“And I think just over time, I just continued to show it and show it, and finally I think they realised, you know — this kid can play.”
A lot of Chelsea fans certainly love the winger, often calling him “Captain America” which, interestingly, Pulisic is not really a fan of.
“I’m not a big fan of being called that, to be honest — especially by my teammates,” he said.
Pulisic has often looked like the most dangerous Chelsea attacker on the pitch with his explosive runs and incredible footwork.
The runs he has made have not yet to come with the desired end products, however.
His nine goals and four assists in the Premier League last season was his best record in a single season. But this year, he has only had two goals and yet to make an assist from 15 appearances in all competitions.
Chelsea’s summer spending spree have added to the competition for spots up front and Pulisic will have to work on his output to keep his spot in the starting line-ups.