Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insisted there is “a lot more to come” from winger Christian Pulisic following his impressive performance in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Newcastle.
Marcos Alonso netted the winner 17 minutes from time as the Blues made it five wins on the bounce in all competitions.
United States winger Pulisic – who has recently spoken of his frustration at a lack of playing time – was introduced after half time and had a central part to play in Alonso’s winner, pulling the ball back for Callum Hudson-Odoi, who set up the Spaniard’s finish.
And that left Lampard purring about his performance, saying: “I’m really pleased for him. He’s a bit of a hot topic because of his price tag and international status, but he’s just turned 21. There’s a lot more to come.”
Lampard was also pleased with how his side responded to a slow start, saying: “In the first half we were a bit safe, and a bit slow, we didn’t have enough urgency.
“That was the message at half-time, and in the second half we should have had more goals and made the win more comfortable. I thought particularly in the second half we saw the spirit and energy in the team.
“We have to go back to basics. Today was tough, we had a problem in the game, but we solved it in the second half. The players need to be brave and confident and it’s a great sign in the squad when players come on and make a difference.”
Chelsea now turn their attentions to the Champions League, with their next game seeing them take on Ajax in Amsterdam on Wednesday.