Frank Lampard rules out January move for Chelsea and USMNT star Christian Pulisic

Matt Debono

Pulisic has had to be extremely patient at Chelsea after he arrived to the club in the summer along with several fresh, exciting young prospects, all under a new coach - Frank Lampard. 

Things looked extremely promising for the 21-year-old early on into the campaign, having made three starts in the first four Premier League games, but since then he hasn't been so fortunate. 

Since the Blues win at the end of August, the USA star has only featured once, which was off of the bench in the 4-1 win over Southampton at the start of October, and that was only a 10 minute cameo appearance. 

Pulisic and Batshuayi
Christian Pulisic celebrating with Michy Batshuayi at Southampton after the USMNT star teed up his former Dortmund and now Chelsea teammate.Getty Images

Many are becoming restless with Christian Pulisic's limited chances at Chelsea in recent weeks, but head coach Frank Lampard confirmed the winger won't be heading for the exit doors in January as he sees 'the big picture with him'. 

Speaking ahead of the Blues' Premier League game against Newcastle United, quoted by the Daily Mail, Lampard responded to questions asking whether he would let Pulisic leave on loan: "No. 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.

"With Christian, huge credit to him for coming through at Dortmund at a young age, but then it brings other difficulties where sometimes you’re out of the team.

"You come to Chelsea and it’s a similar situation. The demands are huge. The interest from outside is huge and he’s a young boy. I have no problem. I see the big picture with Christian and I see it with all the young players."

ESPN journalist Taylor Twellman believes the overreaction of Pulisic's lack of game time is comical, he revealed when the 21-year-old was on international duty with the USMNT.   

"The overreaction around Christian Pulisic at Chelsea is comical," Twellman said. "It’s ridiculous to think, yeah OK you paid $70 million for him, but at some point he’s in a new country, a new club. He’s got to find his feet like everyone else around the world."

With four assists in all competitions this season, leading the way in Chelsea's assist chart, Christian Pulisic will be eager to be given more chances in the coming weeks as the Blues' schedule starts to heat up.