Frank Lampard liked what he saw from Christian Pulisic on his full debut for Chelsea in Wednesday’s Super Cup defeat to Liverpool and believes he is only going to get better.
The American came to life midway through the first half, weaving between red shirts to play the perfect assist for Oliver Giroud’s opener while he had a goal of his own chalked off for offside minutes later.
He was withdrawn in the 74th minute, replaced by Mason Mount, having played half-an-hour in Sunday’s Premier League defeat to Manchester United off the bench.
Although Chelsea went on to lose the Super Cup on penalties, Lampard took plenty of positives from the game, one of which was Pulisic – though is keen not to get too carried away just yet.
Asked if he was pleased with the former Dortmund winger’s performance, Lampard told reporters: ‘Yeah I was pleased. And I think there’s a lot more to come, because the expectancy is right, he’s a big signing for us.
‘But we must also remember his age. He’s 20. He’s coming into the Premier League, into this game, Liverpool are one of the most intense teams to play in world football.
‘So I think it took him a bit of time early in the game to get his feeling, but once he did you could see his confidence with carrying the ball and the things he can create.
‘So I’m really happy with him and I think there’s lots, lots more to come, all good signs again for what he can be for the club.’
Pulisic is the only new arrival at Stamford Bridge this summer due to the club’s ongoing transfer ban, with the west Londoners having wrapped up a £58million deal to sign him back in January before loaning him back to Dortmund for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.