Chelsea manager Frank Lampard believes Christian Pulisic fully deserves to wear the club’s number 10 shirt this season and personally called the attacker with the good news.
The former Borussia Dortmund star enjoyed a mixed first campaign at Stamford Bridge with injuries limiting his impact as he made 34 appearances in all competitions with 11 goals and 10 assists to his name.
Pulisic, who wore number 22 last season, did show Lampard enough however to earn the number 10 shirt in the wake of Willian’s decision to leave the club and join Arsenal.
While Willian’s experience made him an obvious choice to succeed Eden Hazard, Lampard believes Pulisic’s early performances for the club and his enormous potential made him a natural fit for the iconic number.
“I wanted him to have it because I felt like he deserved it and he wanted it,” Lampard told NBC