The 2019/20 season has been a baptism of fire for Christian Pulisic.
Chelsea's summer signing arrived in London with a glowing reputation from both Borussia Dortmund and the American national team.
In fact, Pulisic is the poster boy of US football, but despite his reputation, Pulisic has struggled for game time under Frank Lampard.
The 21-year-old has made just five appearances in the Premier League, last completing 90 minutes in any competition for Chelsea back on September 25 - and that was in the Carabao Cup versus Grimsby.
Pulisic's last full-game in the Premier League was back in August, when the Blues surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Sheffield United.
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It has not been the start the American was looking for and his struggles have continued during this international break.
The US were embarrassingly beaten 2-0 by their neighbours Canada last night, with Pulisic actually subbed off with the score at 0-0.
It's the first time America have lost to Canada in 34 years, a run of 17 games.
And the youngster's reaction to being hauled off by Gregg Berhalter is a reminder that these footballers - some of who are barely out of their 20's - are still human beings.
Pulisic looked emotional as he left the field, before breaking down into tears on the bench.
It's hard not to feel some sympathy for the guy.
Pulisic has the weight of a poor-performing nation on his shoulders, which is not easy to manage when those in England are hammering you left, right and centre.
Lampard now has a delicate situation on his hands that he needs to manage carefully.
Pulisic needs to be eased through this tough period, otherwise Chelsea may never see anything close to the best of him.
But with Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Willian all excelling for the Blues in wide positions right now, game time and a feeling of worth won't be easy to come by for Pulisic.News Now - Sport News