‘I’m excited’: 24-year-old Chelsea player looking forward to playing under Potter after Tuchel wanted him gone

Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic has told ESPN that he is looking forward to getting his time at the club under Graham Potter underway.

The former Brighton manager has no doubt been working hard over the last two weeks to come up with a squad that can bring the best out of the current crop of players at Stamford Bridge, with Pulisic one of those hoping to be involved.

The American has endured a difficult few months at the club, with him seemingly falling out of favour with former manager Thomas Tuchel.

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Reports had claimed that the German didn’t see the 24-year-old as good enough to start for him, with him only seeing him as a substitute unless there was rotation.

This left Pulisic keen to leave on a temporary basis over the summer, with the ambition being to avoid rustiness prior to this winter’s World Cup.

Pulisic excited for Potter

That very rustiness was on show last night, as the USA star came in for criticism following a poor display against Saudi Arabia.

However, attention will now turn back to club form, with Pulisic eager to prove himself to the new man at the helm at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “I’m feeling good going back, honestly. I have a fresh start now, and I’m excited to play for the new manager.

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“So really just looking forward to it. I just have to prove myself, as everyone does, and as I’ve done before.”

With there being a clean slate for everyone at the club, Pulisic is sure to be handed his opportunity to prove why he should have been handed regular minutes all along, although he may need to look at operating more central to do so.

With Raheem Sterling very much passing the left wing-back test in Potter’s first game in charge, he is sure to be an important member of the squad going forward.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.