KEY POINTS

  • Berhalter sees Pulisi a target by big clubs in the future
  • Pulisic showing promise and leadership at 21
  • Pulisic needs to find a way to manage health and avoid injuries

There is no question that Christian Pulisic has made a name for himself at Stamford Bridge at a ripe age of 21. His success has drawn the attention of the football world and the United States men’s national soccer team coach Gregg Berhalter has the talent to play for bigger clubs in the future.

Pulisic was able to blend in well with Chelsea FC, adapting well to the system of Frank Lampard. Last season, the 21-year-old made a good account of himself despite suffering injuries. He scored nine goals in his first 29 Premier League outings.

"Pulisic is a leader at Chelsea at 21. It doesn't happen that often that a player from the Bundesliga goes to a top club in England and immediately convinces there,” Berhalter said to Bild.

Pulisic found himself with the Blues after a $77 million deal back in 2019. He played a key role in helping Chelsea finish fourth in the Premier League and reach the FA Cup final. With the breakthrough he has made, there is more to expect this coming season.

"Christian is perfect for Chelsea. All dangerous offensive actions run through him, he shines as a goalscorer and as a preparer,” Berhalter added. "If Christian maintains this level, he can also play for the biggest clubs in the world like Bayern, Barcelona or Real Madrid without any problems."

Despite the accomplishments that Pulisic has had, Frank Lampard feels that the American footballer has a lot more to show. He spoke highly of the 21-year-old in a previous post and believed that his meteoric rise will continue.

"I think he can be a really big player, because he broke through at such a young age in Germany and he made a big move, obviously expectations rise but you have to keep the age in consideration," Lampard said.

But before all that comes to play, Pulisic needs to figure out how to keep himself healthy. He missed the Champions League due to a hamstring injury which needed at least four weeks to heal. However, the good news is that Pulisic is expected back in training and he is likely to be ready when the new season begins on Sept. 12.

Christian Pulisic inspired Chelsea to victory at Crystal Palace Christian Pulisic inspired Chelsea to victory at Crystal Palace Photo: POOL / JUSTIN TALLIS