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Frank Lampard: Pulisic can become a regular goalscorer for Chelsea.

Pulisic found the net five minutes after coming off the bench to help Chelsea secure a 2-1 comeback win at Villa Park.

Pulisic found the net five minutes after coming off the bench.
Pulisic found the net five minutes after coming off the bench.

Frank Lampard was delighted with Christian Pulisic's performance in Chelsea's 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

The U.S international, who was on the verge of returning from injury when the Premier League halted play due to the coronavirus pandemic in March, came off the bench to cancel out Kortney Hause's first-half opener in the 60th minute before Olivier Giroud wrapped up the win with a brilliant volley inside the 18-yard box.

It was Pulisic's first appearance for the west London side since New Year's Day after struggling with a groin injury.

Following the match at Villa Park, Chelsea manager Lampard heaped praise on the former Dortmund winger, adding that the 21-year-old has the attributes to become a consistent goalscorer for the Blues.

"Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] was in the same position, but I know Christian was very hungry. He has trained well. The ability that he has got to arrive in the box is a big thing that I have spoken to him about all season.

"It is the difference between being a very good player off-the-side as an attacking player or the players at the real top level of the game that arrive and score in the six-yard box and hit big numbers yearly.

"He was hungry. I know that and I felt for him as I felt for all the players with long-term injuries," he said at his post-match news conference.

"I really think Christian can do that so I was pleased with the impact he made when he came on. He will start games for us, of course. I think he is going to be a big player for us, not just in this run-in, but going forward."

Lampard continued: "The players who make the differences should always take all the credit. With Christian and Ross [Barkley], they came on at the same time and have trained well.

"They both had cases to start but I have some good selection problems. Then you have to consider the type of game and that fitness will play a part.

"Bringing on Christian and Barkley early in the second half was always in my mind depending on how the game went.

"The way it was going we needed a bit of inspiration, Christian with his goal and Ross did as well. I think it shows how important subs are."

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