Frank Lampard has insisted that Christian Pulisic will not be giving a chance to leave on loan in January despite the winger’s slow adaption at Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old American joined Chelsea in a £58million move from Borussia Dortmund in the summer but he has played just ten minutes in the last four Premier League matches.
That has led to speculation that the American could be allowed to leave on loan in January but Lampard flat out refused to entertain the idea ahead of Chelsea’s game against Newcastle.
‘No,’ was Lampard’s reply when asked if Pulisic could be loaned out.
‘With Christian he’s come to us in a big move, let’s make no mistake about it, and then he’s just turned 21 recently, and we’ve got a competitive squad here.
‘I said it before the last game, I always have a problem who to pick and people make my decisions in training or how they’re playing, and at the minute with winning four on the bounce I need the edge of staying in the team and keep performing and everyone is the same.
‘With Christian coming here, we have to protect him for that fact because he’s young. Christian, as with every player in the squad, needs to work hard in training, keep improving in training, see the direction we’re going, be a part of it, and show what you can do on a match day, and all the players are the same there.’
Whereas Pulisic has struggled, a number of young players have shone for Chelsea this season with Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi all turning in impressive performances.
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