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Chelsea sit fifth in the Premier League, and after an inexplicable opening-day defeat to Manchester United, Lampard's kids are starting to show some great promise.
That is, except for the Blues' final purchase, Christian Pulisic. When the American winger arrived in the Premier League for almost £60m, expectations were high.
Safe to say, we're still waiting to see what the boy can do.
Pulisic is in such a wretched run of form that he even burst into tears on the USMNT bench following his substitution in midweek, and once again he finds himself out of Lampard's starting XI.
Whilst most rational football fans can see the logic behind the Chelsea boss' thinking, others (mainly Americans) simply can't fathom why an out-of-form and beleaguered player can't get a game for his club side.
American twitter went into meltdown.
Barkley's international performance earns him place in club's starting xi but pulisic's performance don't ?!!!! What dafaq logic behind this selection ?!!— Sambhaji (@Sambhaji_12) October 19, 2019
It's my personal opinion... #CFC #CHENEW #Chelsea #pulisic
Pulisic isn't starting for Chelsea today.— Roger Gonzalez (@RGonzalezCBS) October 19, 2019
It doesn't matter when you read this tweet.
Lampard would rather start the oaf Barkley over Pulisic.— King of the Youth (@Donald_flacko) October 19, 2019
Some of us even questioned if Lampard carries out a superstition of licking footballs before the game...I think that's what he meant anyway.
What à shambolic line up! I don’t understand why this dead wood Barkley must be starting over kovacic. So lampard want to tell us that Barkley is working hard in training more than kovacic? Pulisic should start. English fc indeed. We better win or lampard agenda will be unleashed https://t.co/h0iS50lOJH— Cp (@cp_pulisicszn22) October 19, 2019
Wasting a good talent like Pulisic is a bad decision from Lampard. He doesn't trust on him.— D. (@AmazingSancho) October 19, 2019
Barkley adds nothing our game yet Lampard will start him over Pulisic #CHENEW— Rock_eternal (@petasparkz) October 19, 2019
Other supporters were so irate that they forgot how to spell correctly.
If we loose it's lampards fault— RonnieTheVet (@Alpha_Redlyfe) October 19, 2019
.. Barkley playing and kovacic and pulisic on the bench is a joke https://t.co/VRqw5gw9P1
BREAKING: LAMPARD OUTED AS ANTI-AMERICAN AND PROBABLY A COMMUNIST.
Pulisic is a bench warmer because he is not an English boy....even from the bench he has assisted 4 times.....what has Barkley done?— Owusu Collins (@coskwameowusu) October 19, 2019
Racist Frankie Lampard at it again benching Pulisic— J (@javycane) October 19, 2019
Rather than the common idea that 'they're just not very good,' we went in search of further conspiracies beyond racism.
I think Lampard doesn't like players whose name ends with "c".— Ameya(ExamSZN) (@LampardsLegacy) October 19, 2019
I feel really bad for Pulisic. Never starts for chelsea, probably pissed off lampard by calling football soccer— NavUnited (@UnitedNav) October 19, 2019
Now I don't speak French, but I saw the word nudes and guessed it was a blackmail joke. Work it out for yourselves.
Pulisic il lui faut les nudes de Lampard là pour qu’il soit titulaire— Eden Shelby (@Limamoumovitch) October 19, 2019
Fortunately though, some of us were able to draw some positives from a completely rational and logical situation, and I salute you all. I could only find one, in fairness.
The fact about this lineup is that Alonso has been decent, Zouma has been improving, Barkley needs to start since Kova and Kante can't, CHO and Willian deserve their place more than Pulisic rn. Hopefully Pulisic gets more minutes off the bench. #CFC #CHENEW— Lampard's Blues ➐ (@LampardsBlues) October 19, 2019
You can't please all of the people all of the time however, and Frank would be better off avoiding Twitter when he puts his Chelsea lineups out in the future.
If pulisic was english. He would starting every game. Even if he isnt working hard in training. Lamps would still pic him. This is biased and favouritism. Am not buying this.— jabirfaisal (@jabirfaisal10) October 19, 2019
1. CHO just returned from an injury.— Letom Ngia (@Arhcent) October 19, 2019
2.Pulisic has been really impressive and is levels ahead of CHO. https://t.co/MpfCiIAVvn