Christian Pulisic should expect to see his position at Chelsea come under threat from more new arrivals, says Craig Burley, but the United States international is considered good enough to “play a big part” for the Blues next season.
Frank Lampard already has a deal in place that will see Hakim Ziyech join the ranks at Stamford Bridge from Ajax.
It has also been suggested that the west London giants could join the scramble for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho if they become available on the open market.
More creative attacking talent will provide competition for Pulisic, who arrived in England during the summer of 2019 and gradually found form after enduring a slow start.
Burley believes the 21-year-old can be a key man for Lampard heading forward, but feels further firepower will be sought as contracts for the likes of Pedro and Willian run down.
The former Blues midfielder told ESPN FC:
“I think Pulisic will play a big part for Chelsea next season but he will have competition for places.
“If Lampard’s Chelsea are going to challenge, and that’s a big if, are going to challenge Liverpool and Man City amongst others, they’re going to have to have a deep squad because the other two do have that.
“That’s something as a player you’ve got to take on the chin and you’ve got to rise to the occasion that if you have a couple of bad games, you might just be out of the team, rather than ‘Oh, I know I’m going to be in the team next week no matter how I play’.
“That’s not going to happen if you’re in the top three or four in the Premier League or any other big league around Europe or the world for the matter.”