‘He’s only a kid’: Sky Sports pundit opens up about Pulisic at Chelsea FC
Paul Merson explains why he's been impressed by Christian Pulisic's recent form for Chelsea FC
Paul Merson has paid tribute to Christian Pulisic following his recent good form for Chelsea FC.
The 21-year-old scored a brilliant hat-trick in Chelsea FC’s 4-2 win over Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday night as the Blues continued their good form under new boss Frank Lampard.
Pulisic has been made to wait for first-team opportunities this season since his arrival at the club from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
The USA international has only started four of Chelsea FC’s 10 games but he netted a brilliant hat-trick to announce himself to the Premier League at the weekend.
Pulisic will now be hoping to hold down a more regular spot in the first team at Stamford Bridge as the season continues.
Former Arsenal star Merson has been very impressed by what he has seen from Pulisic so far and he believes that the American and his young team-mates deserve plenty of praise for the performances they have been producing in recent weeks.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “I like Pulisic, who scored a hat-trick in the 4-2 win against Burnley, and I’ve always been a big fan of his.
“I think he’s a top player, but he’s only a kid. He’s 21 and you’re not going to hit your best football until you’re 27 or 28, I wouldn’t have thought.”
Merson continued: “A lot of these Chelsea players are kids and you don’t realise that playing at a big club like Chelsea at this age and putting in performances like they are, it’s phenomenal.
“To go up to Burnley and win like they did after they just beat Ajax away takes some doing. For me, it’s the performance of the week. It won’t be, but Burnley is a hard place to visit and to go there and win like a walk in the park was, for me, the performance of the week.”
Pulisic will be hoping to feature for Chelsea FC when the Blues return League Cup action with a fourth-round clash at Stamford Bridge against Manchester United on Wednesday night.