United States manager Gregg Berhalter reckons Christian Pulisic’s early Chelsea struggles are a common thing with Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann experiencing the same in La Liga.
Life at Chelsea hasn’t gone the way Pulisic would likely have hoped for when he completed his €64m summer transfer from Borussia Dortmund. In fact, he’s only made two starts since the end of August.
Although things do seem like they’re beginning to pick up for the 21-year-old having made five assists in his last eight appearances.
This promising upturn in form has given him a timely confidence boost, with Pulisic again insisting he will “keep fighting” after setting up Michy Batshuayi for Chelsea’s winner against Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday.
“There’s a lot of pressure that he’s under,” said Berhalter, according to ESPN.
“He’s at a big club. What I really like about where he is right now is that there’s a lot of young players.
“There’s a manager who is a manager who is used to working with young players, has that philosophy who wants to build this club with this group of talent and he fits perfectly into that mould.
“I think Frank Lampard has been trying to say: the outside stuff is not real, it’s really not — when you analyse the transfer fee, when you analyse who he’s replacing, when you analyse he’s the only guy they bought.
“And let’s not forget that he’s not the only player in the world who has had a challenge adapting at the beginning of a move. Look at Griezmann in Barcelona, Hazard in Real Madrid.
“These are top, top players. [Mohamed] Salah and [Kevin] De Bruyne at Chelsea, of course. The list goes on and on. Because he was the only transfer this year, a lot of attention is placed on him.”