Christian Pulisic moved from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea this summer in a huge €60 million move which saw him joining Lampard’s young core.
Even though a lot was expected from Pulisic, the American didn’t live up to expectations just yet.
Facing a lot of pressure, Pulisic underperformed at the beginning of the season, which saw him benched for most of the time lately.
The competition only rose with time, as Hudson-Odoi just returned from his injury to fight for one of the winger spots.
And with the emergence of Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, the duo took all of the spotlights, leaving Pulisic in the shadows.
The former Borussia Dortmund winger addressed his situation in an interview with The Players’ Tribune.
“It makes you feel really good at the beginning, to be honest, you feel great, you see all these things, people talking about you on social media; ‘wow this kid is great, he’s special, he’s playing, he’s scoring goals at 17 or 18 years old for his national team, he’s playing for Dortmund in Europe.’
“You feel really great and then it’s more just pressure you feel like all the stuff is kind of hitting you, and you start being expected to do all of these things,” he said.
Pulisic’s situation is very difficult, as he’s coming from a big country that haven’t produced a lot of high-quality players.
“This generation can be tough, for young players especially, having people talk about you, having constant pressure on your back.
“Especially as Americans, we haven’t had a lot of top international talents throughout our years. If you’re not able to tune it out then it can be a weight on your shoulders.
“I think there are obstacles, I think not a lot of American players have really proved themselves in Europe.
“I think when you’re an American player and you’re trying to prove yourself amongst all these European guys or international guys that are top players who have played in these big competitions, not a whole lot of Americans have been there, it can be tough.”