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‘Most talented American footballer’ Pulisic heaps praise on Lampard

Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic has heaped praise on manager Frank Lampard for his work at helping him to settle in England after his transfer from Borussia Dortmund.

The 20-year-old signed for the Blues in a £58m deal in January, but spent the rest of the season with the German outfit. However, this season he has been an integral part of Lampard’s team so far, and looks like a really promising talent.

The USA international made his Premier League debut off the bench in Chelsea’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, but started their last three games, making two assists for his teammates in those games. Although he is someway off replicating the departed Eden Hazard, he has made Chelsea’s transfer ban somewhat more bearable with his performances.

And Pulisic has praised Frank Lampard for how he has helped him adjust to the Premier League, telling reporters: “It’s amazing. I mean, it’s everything I hoped it would be and more.

“It’s incredible. It worked out really well, for sure.

“Frank’s a great guy and he’s helped me so much and he understands where I’m coming from and he’s done a really good job and helped me, teaching us, especially a lot of the younger guys on the team.”

Among the list of people praising Pulisic is NBA legend Steve Nash, who rates the youngster as the most talented American footballer ever.

Speaking on the Bill Simmons podcast on Pulisic, Nash said: “I love him. Talent-wise, yeah [he’s the best American player ever].

“It’s going to be very interesting, because I think he’s been very sharp so far at Chelsea.

“This isn’t a level above him, he can thrive at this level.

“He’s gifted, he’s quick, he’s got a quick mind, he’s versatile.

“At these clubs like Chelsea, where there’s money, he’s lucky because they’ve got a two-window transfer ban so they can’t recruit over him.

“These clubs, though, they’re going to have the opportunity to go out and buy a great player, so as much as anything it’s about him finding his spot and his role in this team and own it.

“He can be a great, great player, but if he doesn’t quite fit and nail down his position in the way that they play, he could flounder.

“He can be a 10, for sure, in the future. A lot of modern 10s start wide and then come in, [teams] don’t really play with that 10 in the hole that sits behind the striker.”

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