Despite being handed limited game time at Chelsea this season, Frank Lampard has ruled out shipping Christian Pulisic on loan in the January transfer window.
The 21-year-old has had a difficult spell with Chelsea in past six weeks, playing just 10 minutes of Premier League football since the end of August and only getting a start in the Carabao Cup. The midfielder was reduced to tears after being subbed off during the international break as the USA beat Canada 2-0.
When asked if Pulisic could be loaned out in January when the transfer window opens again, Lampard replied "No. With Christian he’s come to us in a big move, let’s make no mistake about it, and then he’s just turned 21 recently, and we’ve got a competitive squad here.
"I said it before the last game, I always have a problem who to pick and people make my decisions in training or how they’re playing, and at the minute with winning four on the bounce I need the edge of staying in the team and keep performing and everyone is the same.
"With Christian coming here, we have to protect him for that fact because he’s young. Christian, as with every player in the squad, needs to work hard in training, keep improving in training, see the direction we’re going, be a part of it, and show what you can do on a matchday, and all the players are the same there.
"It is [easy to forget his age]. You can look beyond that because he came through at a very young age at Dortmund and huge credit to him for that. It’s amazing to come through that. He was playing at a top-level team at Dortmund."