Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been lauded by the USA national team General Manager Brian McBride for how he has integrated Christian Pulisc into his team.
The youngster was among the club's best players before an untimely injury sent him to the patients' room early in the year.
Prior to that though he spent some time on the bench, before he was delicately introduced into the team to a great effect, scoring and assisting goals for Lampard's side.
His biggest match was the perfect hattrick he scored against Burnley in October, and McBride feels there was justification for the careful approach from the manager in getting him into the side.
"I think that’s the good thing about having a manager who has played the game at such a high level because Frank was very patient with Christian at the beginning," explained McBride when speaking to Mike’d Up, Chelsea’s official US podcast.
"Christian’s moved over to a new country, joined a new team, and had to establish himself in a new league. There could have been the pressure there on him to deliver straightaway but Frank understood that he needed to have time to adapt.
"So, from a US national team perspective, that was really nice to see. We don’t know what was happening behind-the-scenes at the club and how hands-on that would have been, but it allowed time for Christian to settle in, adapt, and integrate into the team. He was then able to understand how both Chelsea and Frank wanted him to play.
Chelsea's number 22 is expected back once Premier League action resumes, having fully recovered from the injury.