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Lampard hails ‘big player’ Pulisic after ‘first-class’ Crystal Palace display

Frank Lampard has described Christian Pulisic’s performance against Crystal Palace as ‘first-class’, adding that he is becoming a ‘big player’ for Chelsea.

Chelsea broke the bank to sign the USA international in the summer, splashing out £58 million to bring in the 21-year-old from Borussia Dortmund.

The youngster had a slow start to life in English football, with new Blues boss Frank Lampard taking him out of the Stamford Bridge spotlight for a few weeks following a number of underwhelming performances. He has now been re-integrated into the first-team picture though, and has done so with impressive results, scoring five goals in Chelsea’s last three league outings.

His latest strike came in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime, heading home a deflected Michy Batshuayi effort and capping off an influential performance which clearly impressed his manager.

“Christian came from another league, didn’t really have a great break. He played some games early on and the pace of the Premier League is tough for any player, that’s been proven time and time again,” Lampard said in his post-match press conference.

“With Christian, I always believed that he had huge talent and was going to be a big player for us and he’s absolutely showing that.

“He was first-class today, as he has been recently with his energy, movement off the ball, slipping past people, working off the ball and his quality, and getting in areas again to score in and around the six-yard box, which I think is a huge thing for any wide player.

“The only frustration is he comes off with a bit of an injury. He was going to be subbed before he scored his goal, he’s got a bit of a hip issue, but I’m hoping it’s not too bad because the way he’s in full flow at the moment is great to see.”

The result sees Chelsea consolidate their place in the top four, moving nine points ahead of Sheffield United and Arsenal in fifth and sixth respectively.

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