Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley believes winger Christian Pulisic may have to consider his future if he isn’t a regular first-team player by the end of the season.
The £58m signing has struggled to get game time in recent weeks and has been an unused substitute in four of Chelsea’s last five games, with his only appearance coming in the Carabao Cup win against Grimsby.
Burley says there will come a point in the season where Pulisic will have to make a decision if he continues to be used sparingly by manager Frank Lampard:
“Ultimately, we at the moment, have America’s great young hope, not getting any game time for a guy that was playing on-loan in the Championship last season. That’s the crux of this.”
“Every player at the end of the season has to assess where they are. If they’re playing regular, it’s not a problem. But if you’re not playing regular, you’ve got to assess how your next year is going to pan out.”
The American international has simply fallen out of favour since the international break, and the competition for places in the starting eleven means he will have to work hard to get back into the side.
Pulisic has potential, but the same can said for the likes of Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi who have both been used on the left-hand side.
With experienced players like Pedro and Willian competing for a place in his favoured position on the right flank as well, the 21-year-old has it all to do to move up the pecking order.