Frank Lampard is set to reward Christian Pulisic for a fine debut campaign at Chelsea by handing him the No.10 shirt following Willian’s summer exit to Arsenal.
The Brazilian had only inherited the jersey from Eden Hazard a year ago when the Belgian moved to Real Madrid for a club-record fee, though he opted to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of his contract and moved to north London on a free transfer.
That has created a vacancy for the iconic No.10 shirt, which has also been worn by the likes of Joe Cole and Mark Hughes in addition to Willian and Hazard.
Now, according to The Athletic, Pulisic will become the latest player to take on the No.10 mantle, with the American having delivered some superb performances in his first season with Chelsea to earn the honour.
The decision will be a blow for Callum Hudson-Odoi, though, who has always sought the shirt number – and even goes by ‘Calteck10’ on social media – and was offered the No.10 jersey by Bayern Munich when the German club were pushing to sign him.
Pulisic spent last season wearing the No.22 shirt, which will now be handed to summer arrival Hakim Ziyech – and he was already spotted in it during Chelsea’s friendly against Brighton.