Christian Pulisic first scored with his left foot, followed it with a goal with his right foot and then using his head to complete a perfect hat trick as Chelsea crushed Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Currently in the period of transfer ban, Chelsea had sealed the American in the winter window just before the ban for £ 58 million. Pulisic had completed a brace in the first half and scored his third in the 56th minute. Two minutes later, Willian scored Chelsea’s fourth.
At 21 years, Pulisic became the youngest Chelsea player to score a hat trick.
Burnley scored two in the final few minutes, but the match was already a foregone conclusion by then.
Speaking after the match about Pulisic, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said: “I’m absolutely delighted for him.
“(There’s been) a lot of talk around Christian, for the big price tag, for the fact that he is quite rightly a star in his country. I’m delighted to see him do that today because I know the back story.”
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“I know he played for his country through the summer, then you get the pressure of ‘can you settle in the Premier League?’. So I’ve tried to deal with it in the way I see best, which is to give him minutes – he has played games this season already – but I’ve also got competition in that area.
“And I need them all on edge, trying to perform when they play. Christian has been doing that recently from the bench, fully deserved his start today and it was a fantastic, match-winning performance.
“I know what a good player he is. There are things obviously that he has to learn and improve, because he’s just turned 21. The way he has trained in the last few weeks and the impact he’s had when he’s been playing, it says to everyone ‘here I am’, and what talent he does have.”
“It’s what we need from all our attacking players, to be a threat, play like that, have a ruthless edge about how they finish. He showed the full package today.
“I hope it gives him the confidence it should do, and I’m pretty sure it will do.”