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Frank Lampard relishing Christian Pulisic’s return to fitness and heralds his ‘breakthrough season’

‘He has earned the No 10 shirt for how he has played’: Frank Lampard relishing Christian Pulisic’s return to fitness as he heralds the American’s ‘breakthrough season’ in 2019-20

  • Christian Pulisic scored 11 goals and laid on 10 assists for Chelsea last season 
  • But his first season at the club ended by tearing his hamstring in the FA Cup final 
  • The American was handed the coveted no.10 shirt after Willian joined Arsenal 
  • Now boss Frank Lampard is excited to see him finally inch towards full fitness

Frank Lampard has hailed Christian Pulisic for fighting his way to Chelsea’s number 10 shirt.

Pulisic fired 11 goals and laid on 10 assists in a fine first term with the Blues but ended his debut season on a sour note by tearing his hamstring in the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal.

The 22-year-old excelled after lockdown in the protracted tail-end to the campaign and was duly handed the coveted 10 shirt after Willian joined Arsenal.

Frank Lampard has hailed Christian Pulisic for fighting his way to Chelsea's number 10 shirt

Frank Lampard has hailed Christian Pulisic for fighting his way to Chelsea’s number 10 shirt

Pulisic fired 11 goals and laid on 10 assists in a fine first term with the Blues last season

Pulisic fired 11 goals and laid on 10 assists in a fine first term with the Blues last season

Pulisic came off the bench for his first appearance of the new campaign in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace, and now boss Lampard is excited to see the USA winger finally inch towards full fitness.

‘I think Christian had a breakthrough season for us in the goals and assists, the highest he has made in his career,’ said Lampard.

‘So I think we are all excited about the levels Christian can go to.

‘He had a bad injury. It was a grade two hamstring, which is difficult to come back from.

But his debut season ended on a sour note by tearing his hamstring in the FA Cup final

But his debut season ended on a sour note by tearing his hamstring in the FA Cup final

Pulisic came off the bench for his first appearance of the new campaign against Crystal Palace

Pulisic came off the bench for his first appearance of the new campaign against Crystal Palace

‘He is champing at the bit and desperate to get back in the team.

‘We managed to get 10 minutes today and we really want these next two weeks to be a real time to build up his fitness and get him ready for the next two games.

‘He has earned the number 10 shirt for how he has played.’

Ben Chilwell fired Chelsea into the lead at Stamford Bridge after a goalless first half, before teeing up Kurt Zouma’s header with a smart cross.

Jorginho then netted two penalties as Chelsea took total control to claim their first home win of the new season.

Now boss Frank Lampard is excited to see the USA winger finally inch towards full fitness

Now boss Frank Lampard is excited to see the USA winger finally inch towards full fitness

England left-back Chilwell enjoyed a stellar Premier League debut for the Blues following his £45million summer switch from Leicester.

And the 23-year-old revealed his excitement as Chelsea’s new-look squad starts to click.

‘At half-time we spoke about needing