Chelsea kick off their Premier League campaign later today, with Frank Lampard naming his first-ever league lineup for the Blues.
Twitter: Today’s Chelsea team to play Man Utd! 💪
#MUNCHE https://t.co/9xqblTgNd8 (@ChelseaFC)
The Chelsea team features many youngsters, with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham handed starts after impressive campaigns for Derby County and Aston Villa last season respectively.
However, some Chelsea fans are wondering why star signing Christian Pulisic will have to start from the bench.
FutbolChelsea believes that the American winger had to start for the first game of the season.
Twitter: Christian Pulisic had to start today. I don’t care about easing him in, he’s played enough games so that he’s fully… https://t.co/dQzjgcLPDN (@FutbolCheIsea)
@r8shad believes that Pulisic is only dropped because of N’Golo Kante’s absence from the side.
Twitter: The only reason Mount starts ahead of Pulisic is because of Kante’s absence & the fact that we were exposed in midf… https://t.co/uVf9suVC9X (@R8shad)
Sully believes that the American could become a difference-maker off the bench in the second half.
Twitter: Shocked Pulisic doesn’t get the start, but surely a second half difference maker off the bench #CFC @ChelseaFC #ChelseaFC (@cfc_sully)
KB doesn’t like this move at all by Lampard on his debut league game as boss.
Twitter: https://t.co/dXD4oEsnm3 https://t.co/AgUIQoGYFc (@KBJelly)
REad Chelsea’s verdict
It does seem an odd decision by Lampard, but this could be a stroke of genius from the Blues legend.
Pulisic could be a great asset in the second half, especially if the win is in sight.
N’Golo Kante’s absence also plays a part, meaning Mason Mount is handed a start from the off.
It is certainly a different side than last season, but this is something that Blues fans might have to get used to.