Not for the first time this season, Frank Lampard has been asked to compare Christian Pulisic’s play with the football Eden Hazard brought to Chelsea during his time here.
With the Belgian, who won Chelsea’s Player of the Year award four times, having departed last summer and Pulisic joining the squad for this season to play in a similar position, it is inevitable they are spoken about together and following the run and pass that led to Tammy Abraham’s goal last night at Liverpool, and the American’s goal that followed to make it 4-3 in the eventual 5-3 defeat, those comparisons were made again. Hazard had some memorable outings at Anfield too!
Pulisic has been on the bench for the last two games having suffered a minor injury when we played Norwich at Stamford Bridge, but he was fit enough to be introduced during the second half by Lampard, who was later asked how key Pulisic is to his plans for next season.
‘Hugely important,’ the boss responded.
‘He has had that impact. I was here for Eden’s first year and it is not easy coming to the Premier League, and for Eden in that first year it was adapting to the Premier League.
‘Christian has had his moments of that but mid-season he had a really good patch and then since restart he has been in incredible form. Only the injury he picked up in the Norwich game has kept him out of the semi-final when he’s flying. Against Liverpool he came on and played 40 minutes which is great for feeling confident about the injury and the qualities he has been showing.
‘He is so young and he has such natural talent and he creates goals and scores goals,’ Lampard added.
‘He is a big player for us so I’m delighted to see him come through fit. Clearly he will be a big player in these next few games for us and going forward as well.’