Christian Pulisic insists he is not trying to be the next Eden Hazard at Chelsea, with the United States international determined to become a star in his own right as he prepares to welcome added competition for places.
The 21-year-old has enjoyed a productive debut campaign in English football, with a number of big tests passed with flying colours.
He got off to a slow start at Stamford Bridge, before suffering an untimely injury early in 2020 and finding himself stuck in coronavirus-enforced lockdown.
Pulisic has, however, unlocked the potential that Chelsea always believed he had when snapping him up from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2019.
With the American forward having hit the ground running since the Premier League restart, he is now up to nine goals and assists for the season – with those efforts earning obvious comparisons to former Blues talisman Hazard.
Frank Lampard has, however, done his best to curb such talk, with Pulisic doing likewise.
He has told Sky Sports of the Hazard debate: “He’s an unbelievable player. It’s pretty obvious what he accomplished at this club and I’m not trying to compare myself to that. What’s important for me now is winning games and having an impact for my team.
“I’m really happy I can do that as of recent and my style is always going to continue to be that very attacking-minded and creative kind of player. I’m happy I can help the team any way I can.
“I want to be a part of this team. Every day in training I work hard because I want to start and I want to be on the field and I want to create goals and I want to score goals. That’s where I want to be. I want to continue to make a big impact every week and every game.”
While Pulisic is thriving at present, he is about to see Chelsea bolster their ranks with the big-money additions of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner.
On the challenge fresh faces will pose, the exciting youngster said:
“I’m excited to work with them. It’s fun to play with good players, it’s easy to play with them and those are two guys we know that are really talented guys so I’m really looking forward to it. We can have a really strong team next season.
“I think there’s still work that needs to be done [to catch Liverpool and Man City]. You can see this year that those two, especially Liverpool, have been just so consistent and dominant and that’s right where we want to be.
“We want to continue to be that consistent team week in, week out, in tough games, midweek games. We want to be ready and be up for the challenge always. And that’s what it’s going to take. We still have our work to do but that’s where we want to be.
“We want to continue to win trophies, that’s always a goal. We want to continue to be a strong team, contending for that Premier League title.”