‘Pulisic won’t play just because he sells shirts’ – Lampard under pressure to deliver at Chelsea, says Burley
Frank Lampard is under pressure to meet Roman Abramovich's expectations at Chelsea, and that means Christian Pulisic has to offer more than just a jersey sale value, says Craig Burley.
The Blues have put together a star-studded squad that is full of sporting and commercial potential.
Additional top talents will soon be added to Stamford Bridge. Transfer contracts for Moroccan international Hakim Ziyech and productive German frontman Timo Werner will be concluded in the summer.
They will offer competitions for US stars Pulisic and England internationals Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount.
According to Burley, no player is guaranteed a regular role for the blues as more funds have been invested to make Chelsea title challenger again.
"Anyone who thinks they can join this team because they may be selling a few jerseys lives in Cloud Cuckoo Country because Lampard knows that he is under pressure to fill that gap and bring Chelsea back to the top," said former blues midfielder Burley ESPN FC.
"Abramovich will expect it, he has already filled out the check book and given it to Timo Werner - one of the best strikers in European football - and he will expect results."
“None of these players or any other player on the Chelsea team will play next season or beyond unless they deserve a place in the starting XI. As simple as that."
The competition for seats can be found all over the field at Stamford Bridge, with Lampard showing depth in his ranks from back to front.
Between the sticks, Kepa Arrizabalaga may be the most expensive goalkeeper in world football, but it's not guaranteed that he will hold Willy Caballero on the sidelines.
Lampard showed this again this season when a Spanish international fell on the bench in terms of shape and stance.
Kepa has regained his place and found out since the Premier League restart, but Burley believes the 25-year-old doesn't have to convince his manager that he's a long-term option - Chelsea has already been linked to a move for Ajax No.1 Andre Onana.
Burley said after the Blues' 2-1 win over Aston Villa, again asking questions about Lampard's defense, “They looked a bit doubtful defensively, and when that happens you have to have a solid goalkeeper behind you, and me don't think the Chelsea manager thinks he has. "
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