Thomas Tuchel is pleased with Christian Pulisic’s contribution for Chelsea so far this season.
The 23-year-old has had a slow and difficult start to the 2021/22 campaign. He tested positive for Covid after scoring on the Blues’ opening day against Crystal Palace.
He emerged from isolation and flew to join the USMNT squad for the September internationals, but suffered a long-term ankle injury that kept him out for about two month.
Pulisic only returned to the Premier League for Chelsea at the start of November, but only made his first league start since matchday one against Watford in early December.
The Chelsea winger has played in various positions this season under Tuchel, heavily affected by his injury and Covid issues, particularly around Christmas.
18 appearing appearances in all competitions this season have seen Pulisic register three goals and three assists. A balance sheet, with its performance, which pleased Tuchel.
“We are satisfied with the impact it has”, said Tuchel. “He can play a lot of minutes, he needs it. He has the physical ability to help us. Everyone wants him to have numbers, to be efficient. Everyone can improve on that. From there, that’s the situation. “
Pulisic’s versatility gave him the chance to get more minutes on the pitch even though it forced the American to play out of position.
Tuchel sees both the positive and the negative, adding: “It’s true, we moved it a bit. At the end of the day, they want to play. It’s a good thing if they can play more positions.
“You can always say that I would be more consistent or better if I had a clear position. Maybe then you have less minutes or face more competition because up front we have two or three players in the game. every position. That’s a good thing. It was also a bad sign because it means that we have problems on the left and right-backs with injuries and he helped us there. “