Chelsea head coach Graham Potter has revealed his early impressions of one of his attacking players who will be hoping for a repeat of previous successes against Saturday’s opponents Crystal Palace.
Christian Pulisic has five goals to his name from his five starts against the Eagles with three of those coming at Selhurst Park, where he will be hoping for minutes on the pitch this weekend.
The American star has begun one Blues game so far this season, with a further seven sub appearances, and his new coach Potter has been asked about quotes attributed to Pulisic from a new book, expressing frustration about being on the bench on occasions in the past.
‘I can't comment on the book necessarily or what he's said,’ responded Potter.
‘I think players go through periods in their careers where they have to suffer a little bit and for whatever reason, don't get the game time that they like.
‘It's part of the job, it's part of the sign-up to be a Premier League football player, that it’s not necessarily straightforward to be a regular in a top-four team. That's not to say you don't understand the players’ frustration as well when they don't play because that's what they want to do, that’s what makes them happy.
‘So I can only comment on him in terms of how he has been with me,’ the head coach continued. ‘He has been really positive. He’s an intelligent guy, articulate, knows how to express himself. My conversation with him has been good and positive.
‘I'm not going to judge anybody on what's happened in the past. I make my own mind up. Football hopefully decides. That's the best way to be as a coach I think.’