Christian Pulisic, currently on international duty with the United States ahead of a World Cup qualifying campaign, spoke up on his tough season.
A winger by trade, Pulisic has struggled for minutes this season and has had to make do with opportunities as a wing-back or as a central striker, and his return of three goals in 19 appearances has seen him tumble down the pecking order.
“It is tough. I haven’t always been playing in the positions I want to play in,” Pulisic told NBC Sports. “But I think it is a good quality to be versatile and able to play in all kinds of positions and have different strengths on the pitch.
“I’ve learned a lot and I’m ready to hopefully be in a spot over the next few games that I’m more comfortable in.”
Asked how his form for Chelsea impacts on his performances for US national team.
“It doesn’t affect me too much coming in to U.S. camps. I am ready when I come in here and to do whatever I can to come to help this team so I’m not thinking about that.
“Obviously it has been up and down this year, for sure. Not exactly where I want to be and how I want things to be right now. I’m just going to keep going and it doesn’t affect me when I come here. So I am excited to be here.”
Pulisic, on one side has not found the competition of places from players Like Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner, Mason Mount and Kai Havertz easy, on the other hand failed to match his goal contributions in the last 2 years compared to his debut season.
It’s a truth that Chelsea aren’t going through the best season in terms of chances of silverware or injury concers.
One factor that can help Pulisic and Chelsea is time, as he is talented enough to cover the lost ground and still make important contributions this season as Thomas Tuchel still considers Pulisic as a key team player to fight for trophies.