Chelsea boss Graham Potter was happy to see Christian Pulisic get on the scoresheet against Wolves and explained what he believes is the forward’s best position.
Pulisic struggled to secure a regular role under previous boss Thomas Tuchel and opened up on his frustration at his lack of game time in his recently released autobiography.
After Chelsea’s Champions League win over AC Milan, Thierry Henry urged the American international to make the most of his opportunities to earn Potter’s “trust”.
“At one point you’re going to have to bring something to the table, I know I’m repeating myself but it’s true,” Henry told CBS Sports.
“How many managers are not going to trust you? It’s going to be have to be you at one point. So, find a way.
“The other day Conor Gallagher came on against Palace, yes, I know he [Pulisic] gave him the ball and Gallagher still had to score [from range] but it will go down as an assist.
“But it’s showing something, it’s why he came on tonight, because he scored against Palace
“At one point show us something, and what you can do, and maybe he’ll be fit for the World Cup and the US team.
“But how many managers are not going to trust you? At one point it’s going to have to be you, you have to show something.”
And he did show something on Saturday as he started his first game under Potter and got his first goal of the season.
Following the game, Potter explained that the role Pulisic occupied in the win is his best position.
“It’s understandable [he was nervous], he’s a human being,” Potter started.
“He wants to play, wants to help. It’s about how you put the players on the pitch so it suits them.
“The role for Christian was a good one for him. It was high wide left, he could attack the back line, and it was nice for him to score.”
Potter fielded a much-changed XI against Wolves and believes competition for places will be key to the Blues’ success this season and beyond.
“It’s better to have a selection headache than no options,” he added.
“We’ve got a lot of options and a lot of good players, everyone’s pushing to play. It’s good because you need that spirit and competition to push everybody forward.”