Frank Lampard has claimed he’s ready to play Christian Pulisic in the centre-forward position after the 21-year-old finished the final 20 minutes of Saturday’s 1-0 loss at the hands of West Ham in the No.9 role.

“We’ll see,” the boss said, as quoted by Goal. “He’s got an ability to run behind the line and to be sharp in central areas, which will naturally get him more goals but I’m not going to say right now that’s the solution. We’ll see going forward.”

Olivier Giroud started the Hammers encounter in the absence of injured Tammy Abraham. He failed to leave his mark in the match before Callum Hudson-Odoi replaced him in the 71st minute. Lampard admits it wasn’t the Frenchman’s best performance at all.

“It was a difficult game for him. He didn’t get enough of the ball and then the couple of chances he had didn’t go in for him,” Frank added. “It was a tough match for him but he wasn’t the only one who came into the team and the performance was slightly off it. It was not the easiest game.

“We train hard. Some players, with the nature of how squads are in the modern game, we have to train hard to be at a level to come in.

I wouldn’t want to point it to match fitness. Michy has had a lot of performances to come on lately and has made a difference in certain games but it was just a choice for this game.”

Chelsea return to the Premier League action in a home clash with Aston Villa on Wednesday. Abraham is ‘hopefull’ of making an injury comeback against Villans.