Christian Pulisic has played 354 minutes since returning from injury on 15 December and has been a starter in the last four Chelsea games since reaching full fitness. The United States international was involved in Oliver Giroud’s goal in the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on matchday 16 of the Premier League.
This has been a tough year for Pulisic in terms of injury and that has affected his performances with Chelsea. The 22-year-old has just one goal in nine Premier League appearances and has failed to find the back of the next in his four consecutive starts.
Chelsea are in sixth place with 26 points and next face Manchester City on 3 January, 2021, at Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard’s side have the same number of points as Aston Villa and one fewer than Manchester United but have the benefit of two games in hand on both teams.
Chelsea’s not so-merry Xmas run
Chelsea have won just once in their last five league games and were knocked out of the EFL Cup by Tottenham. In the Champions League they face the task of getting past Atlético Madrid for a place in the quarterfinals.
Chelsea spent nearly €250m ahead of the 2020-21 season to compete in the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. The Blues welcomed Havertz, Werner, Chilwell, Ziyech and Mendy for the new season but so far they have mostly not lived up to expectations.