Chelsea star Christian Pulisic is still adapting to life in the Premier League, and that could be a reason for his recent injury issues, claims United States National Team boss Gregg Berhalter. Pulisic has enjoyed mixed successes since his move from Borussia Dortmund due largely to injury problems.
Pulisic burst onto the scene last season and scored 11 goals in all competitions.
Much was expected of the young American, having been brought to the club as a replacement for Eden Hazard.
But his start to the season last year was hampered by injury issues, as he suffered an abductor muscle tear midway through the campaign.
When he returned after the Premier League’s restart, he caught fire and provided four goals and four assists from his last nine games of the campaign.
However, his form was halted again during the FA Cup final when, after putting Chelsea into the lead against Arsenal, he suffered a hamstring injury.
Pulisic returned to the side to face Crystal Palace and then played against Southampton, Manchester United, Sevilla and Krasnodar, but once again was sidelined by injury.
The young American suffered another hamstring issue in the warm-up before facing Burnley on October 31st.
His injury history is a concern to Blues fans, with many viewing him as a potential crown jewel in a star-studded attack.
But Berhalter dismissed any suggestions that he will have long-lasting injury tendencies, and insisted it’s just a case of the youngster still adapting to the physical nature of the English game.
He said: “I don’t see it like that.
“I really see it as a young player who is just adapting to the demands of a different game, a different schedule.
“When you get injured, when you have a muscle injury, it takes you a while to get fully fit and recover and this is part of his recovery process.