Christian Pulisic is too good for Chelsea and is being wasted at Stamford Bridge, according to former United States international Alexi Lalas.
After an impressive first season in the Premier League, Pulisic has struggled with a hamstring injury this term and has been restricted to just 13 appearances in all competitions.
The 22-year-old made his comeback ahead of the Christmas period but Chelsea went on to suffer a drastic dip in form with four defeats in their last six games.
‘I thought Christian Pulisic was incredible,’ Lalas said on the Alexi Lalas’ State of the Union podcast.
‘I know at times it looked like he was trying to do everything himself but taking on two and three players at a time, his quickness, his one-two touches, all of that kind of stuff.
‘If you watch that game [against Man City], a game in which Chelsea got completely destroyed, I’m hard-pressed to find anybody who would watch that game and single out Christian Pulisic as a bright spot.
‘That’s not always the case when Christian Pulisic plays, but in this game I actually appreciated and respected the fact he constantly went searching for the ball. He was constantly doing what he does so well which is take players on. At times it was two, three players, at times ultimately that last guy would nick the ball, but it wasn’t as if he had options up there so you’d say, ‘why’s he trying to do everything himself’ or, ‘he’s doing too much’.
‘Here’s the problem. The way we’re talking about this performance from Christian Pulisic is of a player who shines despite the fact that he is not playing with the best players, or is playing against vastly superior opposition and still being able to show.
‘I’ll say it right now, Christian Pulisic is too good for this Chelsea team.
‘His talents are being wasted right now at Chelsea, with this Chelsea team that they have.’