Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has compared Chelsea star Christian Pulisic to Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard, and thinks they’re “exactly the same” in the final third.
The 21-year-old refused to name himself as Hazard’s replacement after arriving at Stamford Bridge for £58million.
Pulisic is always on the move, and is similar to Eden Hazard, according to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.
The USA international impressed for Chelsea in their 4-2 win over Burnley, as he scored a ‘perfect’ hat-trick at Turf Moor.
Pulisic had previously struggled to break into the Chelsea team since his arrival this summer, but Martinez has backed him to be a success at Stamford Bridge.
While they’re different players, Pulisic and Hazard are identical when they get into the opposition’s box, he said.
“[They’re] very different, very different. Eden is a player that stops and assesses where he can execute his moment in a one v one situation,” Martinez told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday.
“I think Christian is dynamic, he always needs to be on the move.
“He’s someone that needs to receive on the move, so they’re very different in that aspect.
“I think what they bring in the final third is exactly the same, players that think and take control of the moment and then they can find a good assist or a goal.
“I saw Christian Pulisic play a lot for Borussia Dortmund last season. He’s exactly what you say, there is a lot of technical players that when they get in the box, everything is rushed,
“He is the opposite, when he gets in the box he makes the right call, he can finish with his right, his left, he’s a very impressive player.
“What impressed me the most is the way Frank Lampard has managed him. We all know when a foreign player arrivers in the Premier League, it doesn’t matter who you are, you need a settling period.
“For Lampard to know exactly what Christian needed, it’s taken him ten games to unleash him in a way, I think from the European Cup and the game against Liverpool in the Super Cup, Christian Pulisic is now adapted to the Premier League. That’s full credit to Frank Lampard.”