Frank Lampard claims Christian Pulisic’s direct movement on and off the ball is the difference between him and Chelsea legend Eden Hazard.
Pulisic has scored eight goals and contributed six assists in an excellent debut season for the Blues, having joined from Borussia Dortmund in a £58million deal last year.
And his recent performances have led to comparisons with Hazard, who was pivotal in two Premier League wins in a seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge.
And Lampard claims Pulisic is capable of making a similar long-term impact to his former teammate Hazard.
Asked about the differences between Hazard and Pulisic, Lampard said: “Having played with Eden and seeing come to the club at a very young age, very similar to Christian, he had special talent straight away of being able to receive the ball, have great balance and be able to go past players so well and he would draw a lot of players towards him to open up space to others, he was pretty unselfish in how he would make assists in that way.
“I think with Christian he is possibly more direct in his style in terms of how he goes past players and runs off the ball, which I like.
“Eden would come and get the ball and take it past players a lot. I think with Christian he has the real ability to break a line and run forward which is a really great trait in the modern game.
“In terms of the comparison, why I stayed away from it the other night is because Eden has been here and done it and did it to an incredible level.
“Christian has it in his hands to go and make a real impact over a real period of time.
“The thing I’m so happy with now is when we are playing teams and the games are tough and we’re finding it hard to break teams down, he’s taking responsibility to change that, to change it in moments he has by using his ability to turn quickly and go past people.
“It’s been great to see, and I keep saying, there’s a lot of development to come with Christian, I’m very happy with him.”